Literary Criticism In Oedipus The King

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Torres Torres 3 Marlon Torres Professor: Canton English 103 24 January 2017 Oedipus the King The play “Oedipus the King” is full of ironical situations and we have many instances where we see many characters in the play behaving in some inconsistent ways which are different from the perceptions of the narrator and the other characters in the play. Irony and psychological criticism are the major literally devices applied in the play. These literary devices make the play not only entertaining but also full of suspense which makes the audience eager to know more about the play and the strange happenings which kept on unfolding as the play progressed. For instance, King Oedipus who at first appeared to be a very cool and innocent king is finally revealed to be a murderer, a political thriller, and a psychological whodunit who killed King Laius before ascending to power. He also marries his mother unknowingly, and all this is revealed as the play approaches the end. To begin with Oedipus the King, the main character of the play, his life and behaviors are different from his own perception and the perceptions of the other characters in the play. Oedipus was the king of the citizens of Thebes who were very firm in their beliefs about their traditions. The king had killed King Laius, the king who ruled before him without the consent that he was the king. The king married Jocasta, and he did not know that she was his mother. He came to learn later that he is the one who had

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