Analysis

The analysis of Sophocles’ play Oedipus the King discusses some of the most important aspects of the play.

We have a look at the structure of the play, which is typical of the works of Greek antiquity, especially as far as the unity of space and time is concerned. We then discuss the language used in the play. Since Oedipus the King is an ancient play, some of the language registers might seem strange to modern-day readers. The dialogues and the specific metrics are of particular importance in Oedipus the King, which is why we will discuss them in detail in the language section. 

We also provide you with a glossary of the most frequent terms used in the play. Since some of the mythological figures or place references might be unfamiliar to you, these will be explained in the glossary. In this way, you will have a better understanding of the events.

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Drama rules 

Drama flourished in Sophocles’ time for many reasons, which led to many plays being presented. Although the authors were free to develop their creative powers, the plays were subject to certain rules, which will be briefly discussed below. The material of the tragedies was inspired by myths and legends, although in the early period there were also isolated historical themes. It was not until the end of the 5th century that freely invented materials began to appear. 

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