Where does pathos occur in Oedipus Rex?
One way to examine pathos in Oedipus Rex is his overall suffering. Pathos, one of the three modes of persuasion, is used to connect the reader emotionally to the protagonist. As a tragic hero, it is of the utmost importance that the reader connects to him. Without this connection, the reader is unmoved by his downfall. In order to create this connection, the tragic hero must not be too good or too evil. If too good, the reader denounces the fall as wrong. If too evil, the reader states that he or she got what was deserved. In order to learn a lesson through the protagonist, the reader must feel connected to the protagonist. This tends to be impossible if the reader feels above or below the character.
An emotional connection is one of the best ways to connect the reader to the protagonist and, therefore, the lesson or moral being taught. Anything which brings about an emotional response from the reader as the result of the character's actions or feelings is the result of ethos or the appeal...
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