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Comparison of “Oedipus Rex” by Sophocles, “A Doll House” by Henrik Ibsen and “Death of a Salesman” by Arthur Miller


Oedipus Rex by Sophocles was really predictable and the same is its dramatic irony, the readers knew right from the very beginning that there would be incest in the play and that Oedipus would also kill his father, this predictable nature of the play is its irony.

In A Doll’s house “Dramatic irony is a relationship of contrast between characters limited understanding of his or her situation in some particular moment of the unfolding action and what the audience, at the same instant, understands the character’s situation actually to be.” (Dramatic Irony)

Finally, in Death of a Salesman, the way Linda is left alone at the very end is the dramatic irony, the death of the salesman is the irony in the play. Linda wanted her answers which she could not get, she wanted to know why she was left alone but she did not get her answer. The play presents an uninterrupted tragedy which also engrosses the readers and is really intriguing. To conclude it is very fair to say that all these three pieces of literature are certainly excellent and one must read them. There are really strong messages in all three works of literature.
All the three are classics and well-read, they are classics because they manage to intrigue and enthrall the readers. One must read these works over and over again to really understand the dramatic irony in them.

Dramatic Irony (2011). Critical Concepts. Web. Retrieved from:

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