Comparing Aristotle’s “The Poetics” with Oedipus Rex.?
I recently read Oedipus Rex and was soon told that I should research Aristotle’s “The Poetics” and try comparing the two. I wasn’t quite sure how the two compared. P.S. Please be detailed in answers. I want to make sure I’m able to answer questions people may ask about it later on. Thanks!
Answer by aida
Aristotle considered Oedipus Rex the finest example of tragedy, and he used it several times in the Poetics to provide examples of the characteristics he thought good tragedy should have. So it’s not really a matter of comparing the two works so much as it is of showing how Oedipus Rex reflects the features Aristotle describes–and Aristotle has already done some of that for you. .The Poetics is not a long work, either. When I taught a college course in Greek tragedy, I used to assign it the first day and give a quiz on it the next, and no one complained. So I strongly recommend that you just read it. I think you’ll be glad you did
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