Use of Irony in "Oedipus Rex"
Many sources tell us that Sophocles wrote more then one
hundred plays, but only seven of them have survived the
centuries in their entirety. Certainly the best known of his
surviving plays is "Oedipus Rex." The plot of the play
hinges on the element of irony. Irony can be defined as "a
combination of circumstances or a result that is the
opposite of what is or might be expected
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lacking and where his priorities
truly lay with his children, especially with his vulnerable
daughters. The Irony seems to point him in this positive
direction even though he suffered hardships getting to the
Green, Janet M. (1993, Fall) Sophocles' "Oedipus Rex."
Guralnik, David B., editor in chief (1968) Webster's
New World Dictionary of the American Language. New York: The
World Publishing Co.