Characteristics Of Oedipus As A Tragic Hero

To be Mad or Not to be Mad? That is the Question.
Have you ever thought of yourself as a tragic hero? A tragic hero a great character in a dramatic tragedy who is destined for defeat. “ According to the critic, a tragic hero has three prominent characteristics: (1) a will-power that surpasses that of average people, (2) an exceptionally intense power of feel- ing, and (3) and unusually high level of intelli- gence.”(George Detmold 219) With being a tragic hero, come a tragic flaw. A tragic flaw is a trait of the main character that leads to his or her downfall. A character with a tragic flaw is in need of an attitude adjustment. In the play, Hamlet, by William Shakespeare, is about a tragic hero named Hamlet, but he soon became mad over
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Oedipus’ flaw is his breakdown which leads to his irresistible fall from greatness. He became leader of Thebes and was respected for a while, but the bad news of his father coming to light, lost his strength and respect from the people. Oedipus is a tragic hero because he tried so hard to do the right thing for the people of Thebes, but his tragic flaw got in the way. His stubbornness to uncover the truth killed many people he loved and cared about and he lost all his respect from the people of Thebes and his power. "My god, my god, what have you planned to do to me?" - Oedipus (Sophocles ). No matter how hard he tried to run from his fate and he still ended up killing his father and marrying his mother. He then punishes himself for all the thing that he has choose to do and believe. He blinds himself after seeing his mother kill herself over the fact that she married and slept with her own son, and then had his children. He then is banished from Thebes because he can no longer properly …show more content…
Oedipus kills his father the King to get his place as King and does not even know that he did that. Both Hamlet and Oedipus had something they wanted to achieve, which was to kill the Former King for their own cause. Both Hamlet and Oedipus were deceived by their parents. “Hamlet’s speaking to Gertrude like a jealous lover, dwelling on his mother’s sexual relations with Claudius, and treating his uncle like a rival.”(Ernest Jones, 211). Oedipus and Hamlet both had mother conflicts, Hamlet Kiss’s his mother in anger at her cause she married his uncle after she vowed to never love again. Hamlet Kills Polonius in a misunderstanding he thought polonius was Claudius. Oedipus and his mother have a weird relationship they get married and have children together with Jocasta, Oedipus’ mom/wife eventually finds out that Oedipus is her son. Jocasta confused and broken by what she has done kills herself. Hamlet always wondered why his father died, and now that he encountered his ghost, finds out that his uncle killed Old Hamlet. Oedipus searching for an answer of who his parents actually are was revealed that his "mother," Jocasta is his biological mother. Despite the fact that they achieved their answers, it didn't satisfy them enough. They felt betrayed by the ones they

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