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Who Is Sophocles?

Sophocles was an Athenian writer whose expertise is about tragedies and whose works were highly valued in the classical world. He was instrumental in reforming ancient Greek culture, literature, arts and theatre through the introduction of dramatic irony which is better than their traditional theme of God-related intervention, cause downfalls of the humankind and such other abstract circumstances. Sophocles was born in 496 BCE. He was a very friendly, gentle and sociable man which made him so liked by their society. He was written several plays some of which survived up to this day.

It was believed that Sophocles led a life enjoying fame and acknowledgement for his works. He was in control of the theatre and his fame is known. His theatre works are distinct as they are different from the usual plays that people know during that time. He devised a way in which lead actors of the play can develop fully showing their emotions as part of the play. His plays focus on the tragedies of the characters themselves instead of putting some supernatural intervention such as events imposed by God, causeing the tragedies to each actor. His most famous work includes Antigone, Oedipus the King and Oedipus and Colonus which are major parts of the Three Theban Plays. The Three Theban plays were considered a classic, a masterpiece of tragedy that only Sophocles was able to do in his time. Nowadays, some theatres perform the three Theban play in trilogies, but in Sophocles’ time, it was performed as one.

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