Essay on Opedipus, a tragic hero

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Thesis Statement: Oedipus is the embodiment of Aristotle’s characterization of a tragic hero through his ability to preserve his virtue and wisdom, despite his flaws and predicament.
I. Sophocles’ Oedipus: A Tragic Hero A. Definition of a tragic hero B. Oedipus Character as it relates
II. Tragedy A. Language of Tragedy B. Tragedy as it affects the audience
III. Plot A. Aristotle’s idea of a tragic plot B. Significance of the plot
IV. Virtue and Morality A. Identifying with Oedipus’ character B. Oedipus obtains virtue and wisdom through poor judgment

Oedipus, a Tragic Hero
Sophocles’ Oedipus is one of the most well-known tragic heroes in the history of drama. His strange
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Finkelberg argues that Aristotle calls: “for the creation of a full-scale illusion of real-life experience and, as a result, for the audience’s emotional identification with the characters. Only such emotional identification would lead to the proper tragic pleasure that Aristotle seeks” (Finkelberg, 2006 pg. 6).
Following Aristotle’s idea of plot, Oedipus the King has a very distinguishing plot that creates suspense and thoroughly engages the audience. Through the enactment of real life experiences, genuine emotions are created by those who can identify with the experiences and can find a strong connection between the fictitious characters and themselves. The sequences of events do not follow a chronological order, which enhances the suspense of the plot. For instance, as the play begins, Oedipus is already the King of Thebes; however, the truth about his biological parents is not discovered by the audience until much later.
Aristotle promotes a plot that signifies a balance of wholeness, completeness, magnitude, and complexity. (McManus, 1999) This is determined by the length and complexity of the play as it relates to the seriousness and significance of the plot. This article establishes a thorough connection between the action and the plot that are interdependent and fundamental to the play:

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