Elements of Tragedy in Oedipus Rex It is not the tragic subject matter of the essays on king lear that is of primary interest – but rather the manner in which the plot is developed. The story line progresses as if the reader is “unpeeling an onion.
Sophocles is a tragedy of a man who unknowingly kills his father and marries his mother. However, the tragic ends for the characters were not ordained or set by fate, but rather caused by certain characteristics belonging to that person. It is a calamity he or she was destined to. In the beginning, the play slowly starts to unfold until Oedipus realizes a mistake, and downwards spiral begins.