Essay about Oedipus-a Tragic Hero

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Running head: Oedipus-A Tragic Hero

Research Paper
ENGL 102: Literature and Composition)
Fall 2015
Melinda Meeds L26683811

Thesis: In Sophocles’ “Oedipus”, Oedipus is exemplified as a tragic hero according to Aristotle’s definition because his story appeals to the reader’s humanity in the way he maintains his strengths after inadvertently causing his own downfall.
I. Oedipus
A. The noble birth.
B. Describe Oedipus’ character.
II. Tragedy
A. Describe what a tragedy is.
B. Describe the tragedies Oedipus has faced.
III. A tragic hero
A. Describe what makes Oedipus a tragic hero.
B. Describe how Oedipus handles life after the pitfalls he has faced.

Oedipus-A Tragic Hero
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Oedipus is considered to be a good person; no better or worse than anyone else however he holds the noble position of King and therefore is held to a higher standard. As a King, Oedipus is already considered to be somewhat of a hero in his own right. This however does not make render him completely happy in life. He made decisions that ultimately led to the changes that occurred in his life.
Oedipus has a hard go of things since soon after his birth he is abandoned by his parents, who wanted him killed, when he is cast out of Thebes. However, the beginning of his demise came in the form of Tiresias, the blind prophet, who tells Oedipus that he will murder his own father and marry his mother. Since he chooses not to listen and condemns the prophet he is setting his downfall into motion. After he then speaks with his mother and wife, Jocasta, he is still troubled but Jocasta begins to piece together all of the prophecies that have been given over the years.
As a King, Oedipus has been kind and caring even calling the people of his kingdom “his children” in line 1 of the prologue (Kennedy & Gioia, 2012).

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