How does Oedipus Rex follow the unities ? Oedipus Rex by Sophocles

Expert Answers info

mwestwood eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2006

write16,149 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, History, and Social Sciences

While the "Unity of Place" was simply the necessity of construction for the Greek stage, the only unity that Aristotle insisted upon was the "Unity of Action" although he did state that tragedy must keep its action "within one revolution of the sun," implying that "Unity of Time" is also a requisite to tragedy.

Unity of Place

The action of Oedipus Rex by Sophocles centers around Thebes where the city has been beset with plagues, famines, and fire. As king, Oedipus  promises to seek the reason for these punishments; in so doing, he learns that the gods have reacted against the murder of their previous king, Laius. And, tragically, it is revealed that Oedipus has been the murderer. Oedipus punishes himself by blinding himself;...

(The entire section contains 378 words.)

Unlock This Answer Now


check Approved by eNotes Editorial