Is what happens to Oedipus fair Are we supposed to respect him Would Sophocles original audience have agreed with your conclusions Why

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Sophocles uses a mixture of both visual and emotional imagery to create the morally questioning, Greek tragedy ‘Oedipus Tyrannos’. He presents the audience with an intense drama, which addresses the reality and importance of the gods that the Greeks fervently believed in. The play also forces the audience to ask themselves if there is such a concept as fate. From the very beginning of Oedipus, it is made clear “that his destiny be one of …

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…a life of misery that he feels he deserves. The gods and fate play a massive role in creating the tragedy, but Sophocles leaves it up to the audience to pass final judgement on Oedipus. There is a definite moral to this play and that is no one can ever know their decided fate until they die, for “How can we say anyone is happy until he has crossed to the other side without suffering?”