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“Oedipus the King” by Sophocles is a tragedy of a man who unknowingly kills his father and marries his mother. Aristotles’ ideas of tragedy are tragic hero, hamartia, peripeteia, anagnorisis, and catharsis these ideas well demonstrated throughout Sophocles tragic drama of “Oedipus the King”.
Literature Study Guides for all your favorite books! Get chapter summaries, in-depth analysis, and visual learning guides for hundreds of English Literary Classics. Further analysis of “Oedipus the King” will explain how these three images symbolize human progression. Early in the play, Sophocles’ introduces the image of Oedipus as a hunter.
In fact, Oedipus transforms into a hunter searching for the truth after discovering the murder of the previous king, Laius. Welcome to The Literature Network! We offer searchable online literature for the student, educator, or enthusiast. To find the work you're looking for start by looking through the author index.