Catharsis In Oedipus

How does the play Oedipus the King provide a catharsis?  

Sophocles's Oedipus Rex

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Catharsis refers to the cleansing feeling that one experiences by witnessing a tragedy, particularly one that is performed, and going through the emotional phases of that tragedy without having to face their ramifications. The Greeks were extraordinarily ahead of their time for recognizing and giving a name to this complex facet of human thinking and emotional wellness.

The masterful nature of the catharsis in Oedipus is in how the reveal of the titular character's true identity creeps up on the audience. The art of experiencing a tragedy well is felt in the emotions of fear and pity. While tragedy strikes Oedipus all at once in a single, horrible realization, the audience, in contrast, becomes slowly aware of it. It is not some mystery that the audience is meant to puzzle over, but rather a blurry picture that becomes clearer with every passing moment of action. We begin to understand the truth at the same pace as Jocasta , who seems to implore Oedipus to stop his search, as though she can...

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