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One of the best examples of this occurs in the opening lines of the play, in probably the most quoted example of dramatic irony ever. . Oedipus says that “Upon the murdered I invoke this curse – whether he is one man and all unknown, or one of many – may he wear out his life in misery to miserable doom (Sophocles, l. 246-9). . The word doom here is especially important – doom has the double meaning of “death, destruction” but also can simply mean “fate.” . This line, by invoking fate directly and reminding the audience about the eventual downfall that will befall Oedipus, makes it seem like nothing could ever be done to alter the course of events. . Sophocles uses dramatic irony to remind the audience that Oedipus does not actually have any agency, making his downfall completely inevitable – like watching a terrible but unavoidable accident in torturously slow motion. .Dramatic irony, however, does not only make the fate of the characters seem inevitable, but also draws the audience into suspense as to how the inevitable conclusion will play out. . The quote used above is a another good example of this – the audience wants to know how miserable Oedipus’s life will be. . But probably the better example of the suspense building effect of dramatic irony comes near the opening of the play, on lines 76-77. . Here Oedipus says “But when he [the murderer] comes, then, may I prove a villain, if I shall not do all the God commands [i.e. cleanse the city]” (Sophocles). . This line creates suspense by making the audience wonder.