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Oedipus, The Tragic Hero.

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  • Submitted: 05/01/2004
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Emmanuel Idun.

World Literature Assignment

Part 2c: A Formal Essay

Sample 3:Formal Essay.

Topic: Oedipus, The Tragic Hero.

Oedipus, the classic Greek tragedy by Sophocles, is one in which the protagonist is portrayed as a tragic hero. The author does this by combining the elements of irony, personal tragedy and heroism. In the play, Oedipus's character evokes pity because of his misfortune appears to be greater than he deserves hence the reader is left to empathise with him. His actions are controlled by fate and the reader is left to wonder why such a terrible thing is happening to such a good man.

Power corrupts but absolute power corrupts absolutely. Humans seem to have a common running trait, and that is one of power and heroism. The quest for heroism becomes the basis of Oedipus the King's demise. If this power however gets into ones mind, the results could be detrimental, and Oedipus the King is a living testimony of this.

Since his actions are controlled by fate, no matter how hard he tries, he cannot prevent good or bad things from happening to him. Since fate is cannot

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