Essay on Audience engagement in King Oedipus
The most effective feature utilized by Sophocles is irony because it builds tension, keeps the audience alert and has the effect of black comedy. The most common kind of irony is spoken irony which occurs in most dialogues. Oedipus bans himself in the beginning ?His fate will be nothing worse Than banishment? (Sophocles 31) which is ironic. This example has both a tension building effect and an amusing effect on …show more content…
The Chorus sometimes works as an anti-climax, which slows down the pace of the situation and also releases tension. Right after Oedipus?s and Teiresias?s very intense conversation the Chorus appears and summarizes the situation (Sophocles 39) which relieves stress of the scene and gives the audience some time to think and relax. Another example of an anti-climax is when the Messenger comes and tells Oedipus that his ?father? in Corinth is dead. This has the effect of delaying the outcome and annoying the audience. The audience starts to understand it is a very unusual situation as it knows more than all the people on stage.
Plot and character twists are another feature used by Sophocles. He gives the characters