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  • Oedipus A Tragic Hero
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    In the play Oedipus Rex by Sophocles, Oedipus is a classic tragic hero. According to Aristotle's definition, Oedipus is a tragic hero because he is a king whose life falls apart when he finds out his life story. There are a number of characteristics described by Aristotle that identify a tragic hero. For example, a tragic hero must cause his own downfall; his fate is not deserved, and his punishment exceeds the crime; he also must be of noble stature and have greatness. Oedipus is in love with h...
  • Oedipus Hamartia Within The Play
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    Oedipus' Hamartia Aristotle once said that a hero's downfall must be a result of some tragic flaw within the character. This flaw was known as hamartia in the Greek world of Aristotle. Since Aristotle greatly admired Oedipus the King, many people believe that Oedipus must have had a prominent and complex hamartia. Discovering Oedipus' hamartia within the play is not an easy task. In fact, it is impossible to point out Oedipus' hamartia since I do not believe that he has one. Everything that he s...
  • Prophecies To Oedipus Parents
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    "Gods can be evil sometimes". In the play "Oedipus the King", Sophocles defamed the gods' reputation, and lowered their status by making them look harmful and evil. It is known that all gods should be perfect and infallible, and should represent justice and equity, but with Oedipus, the gods decided to destroy him and his family for no reason. It might be hard to believe that gods can have humanistic traits, but in fact they do. The gods, especially Apollo, are considered evil by the reader beca...
  • Heightens The Sense Of Doom For Oedipus
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    Paragraph Essay In the story Oedipus the King by Sophocles we learn about a character named Oedipus. He thinks very highly of himself and he thinks he's capable of handling anything. Basically everything that comes out of Oedipus's mouth in this story is ironic. Oedipus makes many ironic statements, which heighten the sense of impending doom for the character. When Creon returns from the oracle of Apollo and tells Oedipus that the reason for the plague on Thebes is because the man who murdered t...
  • Event Lead Oedipus
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    In the Greek play Oedipus the king, a child is born to a king and queen against the wishes of the gods. The gods had told the king and queen of thebes not to have children because they would be ill fated. The king and queen had a taste for wine however and they conceived a child while indulged in the drink. They soon took the child to an oracle to learn what its fate would be. The oracle told them that child would grow up to kill his father and marry his mother. The king quickly opted to have hi...

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