In the time of ancient Greeks, the tales spun by the poets and dramatists were either in nature, comedy or tragedy. If any story, ancient or otherwise is the epitome of tragedy, it is ‘Oedipus Rex’; written by the master of Greek tragedy Sophocles. (The story of Oedipus is written by many but none as good as Sophocles). The story was not invented by Sophocles. Quite the opposite: the play’s most powerful effects often depend on the fact that the audience already knows the story. Since the first performance of Oedipus Rex, the story has fascinated critics just as it fascinated Sophocles. Aristotle used this play and its plot as the supreme example of tragedy. But what makes the story of Oedipus such a great tragedy?
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