Plot functions in Oedipus Rex and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  Besides comedy/ tragedy, what differences do you see in these plays? Just anything that you of think that will clear my head.

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Both plays are about mistaken identity and confusion. Though they stem from very different cultures, Shakespeare was clearly influenced by both Greek culture and history. You can see those influences is all of his plays, but the nobility does make mistakes of hubris as Oedipus was.
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Well, these wouldn't be the first two plays that come to mind for a comparison! You have lots of differences - setting, tone of the play, levity, inclusion of humour and the happy ending. In some ways, Oedipus Rex is a grim, relentless tragedy, caused mostly by the dramatic irony - we know what Oedipus only finds out at the end - his identity. Very different from the light-hearted comedy of Shakespeare.

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Q No 1.Discuss plot of construction in Oedipus Rex?