What are the exposition, complication, climax, and denouement in Sophocles's Oedipus the King?  

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The plot structure of Oedipus Rex, written by Sophocles and first performed around 429 BCE, is fundamentally linked to the essential elements of tragedy and the tragic hero's journey through the play.

The exposition of a play is the background information that the audience is given, usually at the beginning of the play, that helps them to understand the play as unfolds.

In Oedipus Rex, this information is provided by the Priest, who represents the people of Thebes who have come to Oedipus to ask him for his help, and by Oedipus himself. The Priest tells Oedipus that there is a blight on the harvest and on the animals, and the people are suffering from a devastating plague. The Priest says that Oedipus saved the city once before, and the people are asking him to do it again.

Oedipus responds that he knows about the suffering of the Theban people, and he's already sent Creon to the Oracle at Delphi to discover the reason for the blight and plague and to find out what Oedipus can do to alleviate his...

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