Prime example

Sophocles' tragedy Oedipus the King is still considered a prime example of the analytical drama. This drama is characterized by the fact that it illustrates the preliminary end point of an event. The previous events are traced back to their origin. Therefore, , the consequences and repercussions are shown as the final effects of a chain of causes. The events that have extended over a long period of time (in some cases over many years) and have continuously built up in their arc of tension are discharged in the analytical drama within a short time. 

The actual events of the play Oedipus the King covers exactly a single day. In the morning, the king receives the messengers and listens to their cries about the plague raging in the city. In the evening of the same day, Oedipus leaves Thebes as an exile. This development within a very short time can be described as tragic. The fact that the events can be "unwound" in such a short time can be explained by the fact that the causes can be trace a long time back and can partly be found even before the birth of the king.

The play deserves to be called "analytical" for the sole reason that it reveals the individual elements of the causes. Howe...

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