Sophocles Oedipus And Aristotle's Definition Of A Tragic Hero

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2016
How Sophocles’ Oedipus exemplifies or refutes Aristotle’s definition of a tragic hero:
Sophocles, a timeless Greek play writer, composed Oedipus. Oedipus was written around the year 429 BC. As stated earlier Oedipus is timeless, and for centuries it has pass the test of time. Sophocles wrote the story nearly 2500 years ago, and student are still learning about it today. Aristotle define tragic hero in some of his writing. He is one of the founding fathers of tragedy. Aristotle’s poems a vital source applied to define the term tragedy. In a tragedy the presence of a tragic hero must be present. The tragic hero conducts the narrator plot. The protagonist whom is the tragic hero must follow the rules of Aristotle to be classified as a tragic
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The kill can be viewed as substandard morals on Oedipus part. Oedipus was defending himself and should not be counted out as a tragic hero. Oedipus did not look to gain anything from killing his father, and he did not murder because he had any hatred toward him. The second prophecy was at hand, now that his father was murdered; the citizen of the kingdom welcome Oedipus in, and saw him as a hero. They saw Oedipus as a hero because he defeated a Sphinx whom they feared, and they believe that the Sphinx murder their king. After answering the riddle and defeated the sphinx the citizen offered the queen to Oedipus to be him bride. Oedipus was not looking for any reward or to marry the queen, because of his great moral character he was doing this out of the kindness of his heart. He accepted the reward of the people and married the queen. This is how the second part of the prophecy that was for told of Oedipus was …show more content…
He was a chosen king by birth which came by his birth mother and father. Oedipus was also a prince from adoption. Now we see that he was chosen king by the people for defeating the Sphinx and answering the riddle correctly. In Aristotle Poetics chapter 13-14 he references Oedipus as an example of a tragic hero. Aristotle states (Poetics page 23) “He must be one who is highly renowned and prosperous, a personage like Oedipus, Thyestes, or other illustrated men of such families”. The citizen of the kingdom place Oedipus on a high pedestal, they consider him godlike. The feeling was mutual with Oedipus he had a deep regard for the citizen of the kingdom. He prided himself in protect the citizen of his kingdom, he took such pride in the protecting he would forfeit sleep. This is what set Oedipus apart form ordinary rulers, the love for his kingdom made him a great king. Honorable and seeking truth is inspiring and commendable, even thought trying to find the truth would cause him to fall. Oedipus goal was to find out who murder the former king. Again we see Oedipus being persistent to find the truth and would not be put of track in finding the kings murder. When see that his moral character gets him into trouble. This is defining Aristotle’s description concerning a tragic hero “a noble hero fate is underserved, but self caused. Fate plays a role in Oedipus becoming a tragic hero. As we know

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