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Oedipus Rex and A Raisin in the Sun.

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1.Choose a tense or exciting moment in Oedipus Rex and A Raisin in the Sun.
2.What literary device or convention did the author use to develop that moment?
3.What do you think Oedipus Rex and A Raisin in the Sun imply about Sophocles' and Lorraine Hansberry's cultural identities?
4. Analyze the characterization, dramatic irony, plot, and conflict in Oedipus Rex and A Raisin in the sun.
5.Compare, contrast, and evaluate the themes, writing styles, and uses of dramatic devices and conventions in Oedipus Rex and A Raisin in the Sun.

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1. In terms of choosing a tense or exciting moment in Oedipus Rex, please note that the climatic moment seems to occur for me as a reader when Oedipus formulates the realization that he committed incest by marrying his own mother and killing his father. You might add that it seems like the shepherd's report of this data and Oedipus' difficult acceptance of the disturbing truth shows a moment of intense action within the play. It is also quite tense because Oedipus' entire notion of himself and his life becomes unraveled at this point of discovery.

Similarly, you might compare it with the high action in A Raisin in the Sun. Please note that the moments of discovery and truth seem to occur over the realization of the loss of money. Both Walter Lee and Oepidus realize that their actions not only create personal agony but family strife as well. Since Willy takes the investment money, Walter's personal dignity is lost. Walter Lee also loses his dreams over this event.

2. As you consider literary devices or conventions used to develop the moment, I feel like the oracle's former foreshadowing comes back to strike Oedipus as the prophecy surfaces to life.

In Hansberry's play, in contrast, it seems like symbolism is used regarding the money. The loss of money seems to symbolize the loss of family unity and pride within A Raisin in the Sun. Loss of pride and family unity also impact Oedipus with his loss of purity and integrity.

Research further shows that dramatic irony is used as a device in Oedipus Rex. To illustrate, it was "a much-used literary device in this play. Remember that the Athenian audience came into the theater already knowing the ...

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Oedipus Rex and A Raisin in the Sun are compared.