Oedipus The King: The Tragic Hero

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Oedipus: The Tragic Hero “A man doesn’t become a hero until he can see the root of his own downfall.” – Aristotle.
In Oedipus the King, Oedipus attempted to escape the prophecy that was given in Corinth, but in reality, he ended up running towards his true doom that lay within Thebes. He can be considered a tragic hero, according to Aristotle’s definition, because he acknowledged his mistakes, made himself suffer more than he deserved, and thought about his children in a serious situation. Contrastingly, Oedipus acknowledged occurrences that he himself believes to be mistakes, but the “mistakes” were actually predestined circumstances resulting from a fate that would cause him to self-destruct. Therefore, Oedipus is a tragic hero because
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He knew his children would hear the atrocious insults about their mother and father. He recognized that his children’s future would be awfully complicated, and the only way for them escaping the insults was by removing himself out of their lives. Oedipus was mainly concerned about his daughters than his sons because his daughters ate and touched everything that he had ever since they were born. But, before he abandon Thebes, he wanted his children to know the obstacles they would face in their adulthood. Oedipus told them about what individuals would mention to them, but he wanted them to ignore all the rumors and create a prominent future for themselves. He asked Creon to take and care for his children like they were his owns. Oedipus wanted Creon to be the father figure in his children’s lives so they could have someone to guide them through the hardship that lay ahead in their future. In short, even after being blind, Oedipus thought about the well-being of his children and tried to establish a future that would not include tremendous hurdles for them.
To summarize, Oedipus can be considered a tragic hero because of the characteristics and traits that he encountered for a tragic hero. Oedipus acknowledged and accepted the phenomenon, made himself suffer more than he deserved, and thought about his children during a serious situation. According to Aristotle’s common traits,

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