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When does dramatic irony happen to Oedipus in Oedipus Rex?

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jessica092009 | Student, College Freshman | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 3, 2010 at 11:00 PM via web

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When does dramatic irony happen to Oedipus in Oedipus Rex?

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akannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted April 4, 2010 at 1:44 AM (Answer #1)

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I think that dramatic irony happens at several points in the play.  When Tiresias' words of "How terrible is wisdom when it brings no profit to the wise" are spoken, and the reader sees Oedipus' dismissive actions and demeanor towards such a warning, it is a moment of dramatic irony.  The reader understands that there is a loaded meaning, a specific connotation in the words, but the character (Oedipus) does not.  The same experience can be seen in the articulation of Oedipus' fate that he will kill his father and marry his mother.  The reader is convinced or fully grasps something that the character (Again, Oedipus) does not.

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suvodip89 | Student , Undergraduate | eNoter

Posted April 4, 2010 at 1:44 AM (Answer #2)

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I think that Oedupus play had dramatic irony because in the play all the people know that Oedupus killed his father and married his mother even his mother knew that, but he only the person who doesn't know that so becuase he do somthing bad and he doesn't know that he do it the earth became a bad place ( the plants doesn't grow and another things) so Oedupus siad who is the person who did a a bad thing and i will bunish him and he doesn't know that he is the person ( so we have some sense of humor in the play beside the dramatic situation .

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dlooo3ahady | Student , Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 4, 2010 at 1:41 AM (Answer #3)

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I think that Oedupus play had dramatic irony because in the play all the people know that Oedupus killed his father and married his mother even his mother knew that, but he only the person who doesn't know that so becuase he do somthing bad and he doesn't know that he do it the earth became a bad place ( the plants doesn't grow and another things) so Oedupus siad who is the person who did a a bad thing and i will bunish him and he doesn't know that he is the person ( so we have some sense of humor in the play beside the dramatic situation .

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