Of More Woe – Oedipus Rex as the Timeless Tragedy

The Greeks have left us with tenets that define modern tragedy even upto this day. Whether it be the tragic star crossed lovers of a Fault in Our Stars or the fatal flaws of power preset in Macbeth’s desperation, Aristotle’s definition of tragedy – that which incites pity and fear in the audience and that which is wholly undeserved. Greek tragedian Sophocles framed the play Oedipus Rex from a renowned Greek myth, and thus was born one of the greatest tragedies on the human condition, one that Aristotle deemed a paradigm providing catharsis in the audience vicariously through its characters.

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