What is an example of dramatic irony in Oedipus Rex?

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amy-lepore eNotes educator| Certified Educator

We, the reader/audience, also know way before Oedipus does that he has in fact killed his father and married his mother. Since the time of the prophecy, Oedipus has gone to great pains to avoid the fruition of the fortune telling.  We know well before Oedipus does that he has run right into the prophecy's fullfillment.  The hints are all over the play...speeches, and the chorus' responses.