Sophocles ' Oedipus The Tragic Hero Essay

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Oedipus The Tragic Hero
Oedipus, Sophocles’ most well-known tragic heroes in the history of playwright set the standard for writing Greek tragedies. According to Aristotle, who defined tragedy as a story that begins with the protagonist being someone who is extraordinary compared to the typical heroes that audience are used to or a great hero’s reversal of fortune. The character’s personality leads to his or her own downfall at the end resulting in a more terrifying ending. Aristotle admired Sophocles because of his work on Oedipus the King, which represents Aristotle’s visual manifestation of a Greek tragedy as well as a tragic hero, even with his flaws, he was able to stand firm on his virtue. According to the Aristotelian theory of tragedy Oedipus is a tragic hero because of his rise to the top and fell to the bottom because of his tragic flaws.
Greek drama or tragedy is written in a way “not for the reader who might ponder over a text in isolation and at leisure but for live spectators…responding spontaneously to the combination of words and action presented on the stage” (Walcot 1). Often Greek playwrights would write plays involving the events during the time of its creation. Oedipus was written during the Plague of Athens, linking the setting of Oedipus with the Plague of Thebes which was the main aspect of the story that started Oedipus decision to blame the murderer of King Laius. This would be able to make the audience have a better understanding and a better…

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