Oedipus Rex (Dover Thrift Edition Series)

Oedipus Rex (Dover Thrift Edition Series)

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Oedipus Rex (Dover Thrift Edition Series) by Sophocles

Considered by many the greatest of the classic Greek tragedies, Oedipus Rex is Sophocles' finest play and a work of extraordinary power and resonance. Aristotle considered it a masterpiece of dramatic construction and refers to it frequently in the Poetics.
In presenting the story of King Oedipus and the tragedy that ensues when he discovers he has inadvertently killed his father and married his mother, the play exhibits near-perfect harmony of character and action. Moreover, the masterly use of dramatic irony greatly intensifies the impact of the agonizing events and emotions experienced by Oedipus and the other characters in the play. Now these and many other facets of this towering tragedy may be studied and appreciated in Dover's attractive inexpensive edition of one of the great landmarks of Western drama.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780486268774
Publisher: Dover Publications
Publication date: 06/01/1991
Series: Dover Thrift Editions Series
Edition description: ABR
Pages: 64
Sales rank: 32,904
Product dimensions: 4.90(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range: 14 Years

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Oedipus Rex 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Oedipus Rex This book was a strange story featuring abundant dramatic irony, or irony the reader sees but not the characters. The book featured suspense, plot twists, and a relatively immersive story line. It was well written, and is a classic to this day. It did deal with issues such as murder and incest which might turn some readers away, but overall it was a decent read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm a 13 year old, and although the tanslation has a broad vocabulary, by reading it carefully I understood it- to be a fantastic Greek play, which I highly recommend. It's the ultimate 'soap-opera'/play, complete with incest, murder, suicide, self mutilation, exile, and war.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Oedipus Rex is one of the most interesting plays, I have read in my AP English class. This was very sad, and it showed a lot of Dramatic Irony.
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TaniyaB More than 1 year ago
Oedipus Rex is an extremely interesting play that is impacted with intense emotions and actions, especially due to Oedipus’ tragic flaws that are a part of his hamartia. Sophocles’ play is about a young man Oedipus who is the king of Thebes. In the opening of his play, he looks over his people who are suffering from a plague. A priest informs him that this terrible event is occurring in their city-state because no one avenged the previous king’s death nor did they find his murderer. Oedipus, illustrating the qualities of a loyal and active king, vows to find the person who murdered King Laius, the previous king, and punish him for his sins. Little does he know that he is the murderer of King Laius, and his son, as well. When the dramatic irony intensifies, the audience realizes that Oedipus does not know of his true origins nor the prophecy that has led him to present day. It should be no surprise to the audience that Oedipus will eventually lead himself to his own downfall. However, it is the pathway to this final point that is interesting to analyze. The writing style, since this play is an old text, is difficult to comprehend with but not impossible.  The diction and tone surely help the plot move forward, as it hints of Oedipus’ downfall throughout the play. The theme, in my opinion, is that one cannot avoid or change the fate that he or she is destined to follow. He or she must cope with what the future has in store.
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Im 12 and reading a great level of grades above mine and thoght this was a verey great play. I would recomend it also. But i also have to defend oedipus, i mean he tried to run from it but in the end fate wins over hope, he kills his father and marrys his mother.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was a very good novel that i enjoyed reading and i couldn't put it down. And that means it was GOOD!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It may seem sick for a man to kill his father and marry his mother, but this novel is a work of art by Sophocles. Read it and discuss it with more than one person. Great School material.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What are the odds? That's all I can say about Oedipus. He is a victim of bad fate. I feel bad for the guy. It's kind of hard to understand the language of the text, but if you pay close attention, it is a work of art. I suggest reading it twice in case you missed something when you read the first time. Or discuss it.