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Why Oedipus is a Tragic Hero?

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Why Oedipus is a Tragic Hero? The play Oedipus Rex, by Sophocles, combines many wonderful characters with dramatic ironies. One of the most interesting and important character of the play is Oedipus. People often debate whether he is a tragic hero or not. According to Aristotle's five steps of tragic hero, Oedipus is a true tragic hero. The first step of tragic hero is one must be noble stature and greatness. To become a tragic hero, Oedipus must be over the others. "Great Oedipus, O powerful King of Thebes!" (pg 4) Oedipus is the King-the King of Thebes. At the end of the play, he's not the King any more; however, he has the King's blood. ...read more.


"We heard her call upon Laios, dead so many years, And heard her wail for the double fruit of her marriage, A husband by her husband, children by her child."(pg 68) Her mother's death is indirectly caused by him. Of course, people feel sorry for the tragic hero, because the misfortunate is not wholly deserved. Oedipus kills his father and become the King of Thebes; therefore, he should get punished. But he does not mean to be like that, he tries to escape his fate. "I would marry my own mother and father children on her conceived incestuously..." (pg 69) He tries so hard to not being the Oedipus he have been told, unfortunately, he fail. He blinds himself for whatever he have done; although, his fate controls his action. "Pateient, to care for the blind?" ...read more.


Oedipus caused all the trouble in Thebes, in the end of the play, he leaves the city. "Lead me away from Thebes."(pg 72) Leave the city is not just the end of the story; it is the beginning of other journey. Oedipus will find more difficultly in the new journey and also self-discovering. Oedipus in the play Oedipus Rex is truly a tragic hero according to Aristotle's five steps of tragic hero. Even though he did the wrong things and did not die in the end of the play, he is still being a tragic hero because of the responsibly he that has take. No one is perfect, being careful does not means mistake free. Oedipus is a great example of a tragic hero that fall from his mistake. Sophocles. The Oedipus Cycle. Trans. by Fitts & Fitzgerald Harcourt Brace & Company Orlando, FL. 1967. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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