Essay on Oedipus Rex : A Tragic Hero

1197 Words Oct 20th, 2015 5 Pages
Fate of all tragic heroes can be rather depressing, many of whom cannot control their own fate. Oedipus, from the play Oedipus Rex is a well known tragic hero all throughout the world. Oedipus is a tragic hero that has killed his own father, and married his mother. The tragedy that leads to this downfall is not a fault of Oedipus, himself but Cadmus, who has bought the hatred of Apollo, the God of Music. Apollo then sent out a tragic prophecy to Oedipus, a descent of Cadmus, leading to the tragedy of Oedipus, now known as Oedipus Rex. Oedipus, the protagonist from Oedipus Rex, is one of the greatest examples of a tragic hero.
Oedipus suffers from a series of tragic events. Oedipus is abandoned by his parents, Laius and Jocasta by having his ankles bolted together in Mount Cithaeron. Having his ankles bolted together at such a young age caused his feet to swell, giving him the name Oedipus, that means “Swollen foot”. Growing up without knowing his real parents has also caused him to move out of Corinth, because he heard the prophecy saying that he will kill his father and marry his mother. When Oedipus heard the prophecy, he had no other choice but to leave because he thought his father was Polybus, the king of Corinth. Later on in the play, Oedipus finds out that the prophecy came true when he realizes that Laius is his father and Jocasta is his mother. When he finds out the prophecy is true, he blames himself because he had not thought of it any sooner, only to find out…

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