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The Tragedies of "Oedipus Rex" and "1984"

Summary: A comparison of the theme of tragedy in George Orwell's "1984" and "Oedipus Rex" by Sophocles. "Oedipus Rex" is a true tragedy while "1984" is not, according to the author. The elements any tragedy are sympathy from the audience, the loss of a loved one, and the downfall of a great person.
Tragedy, in my own words, is a disastrous event which occurs. By disastrous I mean loss of a loved one, the downfall of a great man, and in the audience's point of view, sympathy. This definition is both similar yet different than Aristotle's view on tragedy. He stated that "Tragedy, is an imitation of an action that is serious, complete, and of a certain magnitude with incidents arousing pity and fear, wherewith to accomplish its katharsis of such emotions." Aristotle focuses more on fear and pity being evoked on the audience. Our definitions are somewhat similar in the idea of empathy for the main character. The play Oedipus Rex is widely viewed as "the perfect tragedy" and this statement is correct in every way, shape, and form. It is indeed, more tragic than 1984.

By my definition of tragedy, there must be a feeling of...

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