The Queen Behind The King : Jocasta As A Tragic Hero Essay

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The Queen Behind the King: Jocasta as a Tragic Hero

Jocasta is a tragic heroine in the play Oedipus Tyrannus (Berkowitz and Brunner, 1970), as defined by Aristotle. Aristotle defines a tragic hero or heroine as “Tragedy depicts the downfall of a noble hero or heroine, usually through some combination of hubris, fate, and the will of the gods. The tragic hero 's powerful wish to achieve some goal inevitably encounters limits, usually those of human frailty (flaws in reason, hubris, society), the gods (through oracles, prophets, fate), or nature. the tragic hero should have a flaw and/or make some mistake (hamartia). The hero need not die at the end, but he/she must undergo a change in fortune. In addition, the tragic hero may achieve some revelation or recognition (anagnorisis--"knowing again" or "knowing back" or "knowing throughout" ) about human fate, destiny, and the will of the gods. And there being some experience of recognition by the hero or heroine, such as "a change from ignorance to awareness of a bond of love or hate.” “(Aristotle, 1942) (Ohio Edu., 2015) Jocasta fits the definition of a tragic heroine by having a tragic flaw that causes her downfall, as well as she experiences recognition of her own self as well as reversal during the play. Jocasta’s actions and decisions during the play, arouse the audience to feel pity for her, and to fear what will happen in the future, of Thebes, and Jocasta.

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