LIT 210 appendix_f - comparative drama matrix
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Axia College Material Appendix F Comparative Drama Matrix Fill in the matrix below in which you will analyze the characterization dramatic irony plot and conflict in Oedipus Rex and A Raisin in the Sun Then answer the question below the matrix Oedipus Rex A Fiaisin in the Sun Characterization The most important element of characterization used by Sophocles in Oedipus Rex was Oedipus himself As the tragic hero Oedipus sought to solve the curse plaguing Thebes Other characters in the drama contributed to the story by providing the means through which Oedipus was able to determine the nature of the curse The characterization in A Raisin in the Sun is centered on Walter Young s transition from a bitter immature husband and father to a noble wiser man who changes dramatically in the face of lifealtering events which unfold through the course of the drama The play starts with Walter bemoaning his unpleasant life and making poor decisions about money and his family and this continues for most of the drama It is not until the end when Walter makes the choice of doing what the family thinks is right that he grows up and becomes honorable to himself and his family LIT 210 Dramatic Irony The dramatic irony in Oedipus Rex occurred when Oedipus cursed the person responsible for the death of Lai39os As the play gradually reveals the reader learns that Oedipus himself was unknowingly responsible for the former king s death Thus the curse Oedipus cast on the killer was upon Oedipus himself The dramatic irony in this work of fiction occurs when Walter hoping to improve the life of his family gives his mother s inheritance money to a friend to invest in a liquor store The friend Willy takes the money and disappears The irony is that his dream of improving the family s financial standing very nearly ruins them Plot The plot of Oedipus Rex is an everincreasing tension of Oedipus and the people of Thebes as the reader begins to learn about the true nature of the curse As the drama starts the reader is unaware of Oedipus past but the plot unfolds to reveal that the Oracle s prophecy told to both Oedipus and his parents plays itself out despite the previous efforts by all parties to avoid this prophecy Indeed the prophecy reaches fruition because of the efforts by Oedipus and his parents to avoid it The plot is centered on a few days in the life of a black family living in a run down apartment in the 1950s The plot develops as the reader begins to learn that the family is expecting an inheritance Each member of the family seems to have different design on the uses of this inheritance and the reader begins to learn what the characters motivations are Mama hopes to use some of the money as down payment on a house trusting her son to do the right thing with the rest of the money Beneatha wants to use some of the money to pay for her college and Walter wants to invest in a liquor store The plot shifts as this positive situation turns bad after Walter s friend runs away with most of the money after Walter trusts him to invest in a liquor store Walter s initial fury causes him to make LIT 210 another bad decision when he decides to take up the offer of a white man who doesn t want the family to move into his neighborhood At the climax of the story Walter changes his mind and decides that the right thing to do is to move into the house despite the white man s offer to buy out their down payment on the house The conflict in this drama is mostly man versus society The conflict in Oedipus Rex is man versus himself At as the famquot stru Ies to first the reader is left with y 99 the impression that the gain finanCIal success and conflict is man versus man m9ve out 9f the POVertY as Oedipus vows to ftr39cken e39ghborhood and Conflict discover the killer of La39i39os mt a S39 939e39famquoty home In very short order This conflict intensifies as however the reader S Oon the family s future white learns that Oedipus is neighbors try to get them to unbeknownst to him un t rethink their plan to move into the white neighborhood later the inadvertent killer of his own father La39i39os by Offer39m more money 39 than the initial deposit Which author do you think most effectively utilized dramatic literary devices and conventions Sophocles or Lorraine Hansberry Explain your answer It is difficult to assess which author was more effective in his or her use of literary devices as these dramas are very different from one another in their respective conventions The plot in Oedipus Rex was certainly more dramatic than A Raisin in the Sun because of the sheer horror of Oedipus gouging out his own eyes The plot of Oedipus Rex was also very unique and unusual as this is probably the only story where the main character inadvertently marries his own mother and kills his father A Raisin in the Sun while very wellwritten and compelling is a realistic plot that could have happened to many families This plot certainly takes a few unexpected twists but does not quite have the intense dramatic effect of Oedipus Rex The characterization in A Raisin in the Sun is in my opinion better than that of Oedipus Rex This is because the characters are better defined and LIT 210 each character s role is very unique and contributes immensely to the dramatic effect of the story Oedipus Rex has distinct characters but they are not as well defined since many of the characters serve only to give the reader more information and their individual personalities are not made clear in the course of the story The conflict in each of these dramas was intense and very compelling Each play s conflict was different from the other and as such it is difficult to make a comparison between the two I would however choose A Raisin in the Sun for the better use of conflict because of the characterization The conflict is more real in that story and is easier to relate to in realworld terms The dramatic irony of Oedipus Rex was definitely better than A Raisin in the Sun in my opinion Few things can be more ironic as trying to avoid one s destiny only to find that the destiny is fulfilled by the attempt to avoid it A Raisin in the Sun contained a good sense of irony but not quite as well as that of Oedipus Rex Overall I would have to choose A Raisin in the Sun as the most effective use of dramatic conventions Although Oedipus Rex does a fine job covering these elements well A Raisin in the Sun is a more realistic downtoEarth example of good drama LIT 210
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