Perfect From Beginning to End
"Ah God! It was true! All the prophecies! O Light, may I look on you for the last time! I, Oedipus, Oedipus, damned in his birth, in his marriage damned, damned in the blood he shed with his own hand!"(229) The play Oedipus Rex, written by Sophocles, is an ideal example of the perfect tragedy. When this play is placed next to the definition from Aristotle's Poetics, the evidence of
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play Oedipus Rex, but when he lifted his pen of the paper for the final time that is what he had done. His creativity has given not only great Greek philosophers like Aristotle a topic for classroom discussions. He has also given generations of people the chance to read, watch perform and analyze perfect tragedy from beginning to end.
Jeanne Gunner and Ed Frankel.
The Course of Ideas, second edition
New York HarperCollins Publishers Inc., 1991.