Approaches to drama 1

Approaches to drama 1

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This essay analyses 

In what ways does Oedipus Rex demonstrate the function of theatre in 5th Century Athens? What can the play itself tell a contemporary reader about the political and social contexts of the time?

Extract: Theatre had an important role in society in fifth century Athens, which took a moralistic approach. ‘Oedipus Rex’ is a classic example of a play created to inspire, pity and fear and to purge society of unwanted emotions, according to the theories of Aristotle.