Essay on Oedipus the King

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How Fate and Oedipus’s own essential nature combine to make him a tragic hero? “Oedipus the King” by Sophocles is a very good play which talks about a guy who was fated to kill his father and married his mother. Aristotle defines “tragic hero as a person of great stature and virtue who becomes aware of a mortal defect within himself.” This defect leads to great tragedy. Oedipus’s own essential nature makes him a tragic hero because his ignorance (lack of knowledge) led him to his own destruction. Also Fate plays an important role in make Oedipus a tragic hero because fate is a calamitous or unfavorable outcome or result; death; destruction, or downfall. ( Fate at Oedipus the King plays an important role …show more content…
Whoever he is, a lone man unknown in his crime or one among many, let that man drag out his life in agony, step by painful step – I curse myself as well… if by any chance he proves to be an intimate of our house, here at my hearth, with my full knowledge, may the curse I just called down on him strike me!” (619)
Also, Oedipus’s own essential nature makes him a man with many virtues because he is such a hero. I mean he sacrificed himself for his people. “You can trust me. I am ready to help, I’ll do anything. I would be blind to misery not to pity my people kneeling at my feet.” (612) Oedipus is an intelligent and persistent man. He shows intelligence and courage when he solved the Sphinx riddle because he knew that if he does not solve the riddle he could die. Also, Oedipus’s persistency makes him a Good King because he was persuading Tiresias to reveal who is the murderer of the King Laius but he ignores that the truth is going to hurt him (620). At the beginning he shows intelligence and respect for Tiresias, but then he becomes angry and falls in his arrogance. “Come here, you pious fraud. Tell me, when did you ever prove yourself as a prophet? When the Sphinx, that chanting Fury kept her deathwatch here, why silent then, not a word to set out our people free? There was a riddle, not for some passer- by to solve—it cried out for a prophet. Where were you? Did you rise to the crisis? Not a word, you and your birds, your gods—nothing. No, but I came by, Oedipus the

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