Structure of oedipus rex

The use of choral interludes is typical for the Greek Tragedy structure, where the chorus acts as a way to comment on what is going on in the play. The chorus in Oedipus Rex acts as a commentary on the plot, as opposed to an explanation of what is going on in the play. The members of the chorus, the various senators, know just as much about the plot as the other characters in the play. It is noteworthy that the length of the choral interludes decreases as the play goes on; they start off the play as being multiple paragraphs but the final chorus is only one paragraph. This is indicative of the play’s pace, and how it starts off slow and builds speed as it progresses. By having such a short final choruses, it shows that there is little to say about the final situation of Oedipus, and gives the dialogue between Oedipus and Creon greater emphasis.

Structure of oedipus rex

structure of oedipus rex

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