Oedipus Rex

Oedipus Rex Worksheet

Worksheet Description

This worksheet is aimed at exploring the literary device of dramatic irony within the context of the ancient Greek tragedy “Oedipus Rex.” It prompts students to provide a definition of dramatic irony, a fundamental concept in literature where the audience is privy to information that the characters are not. Following this, the worksheet requires students to identify three instances of dramatic irony in “Oedipus Rex,” providing space for detailed responses. The classical Greek column imagery at the top of the page connects the theme of the worksheet to the play’s origins in ancient Greek theater.

The worksheet is intended to teach students to identify and analyze dramatic irony in one of the most renowned examples of the device in literary history. It encourages a deeper reading of “Oedipus Rex,” challenging students to recognize the contrast between the character’s knowledge and the audience’s understanding. This exercise enhances students’ comprehension of how dramatic irony contributes to the thematic and emotional complexity of a narrative. Furthermore, by identifying multiple instances, students can appreciate the prevalence and importance of this literary technique in creating suspense and tragic impact.