The Tragic Hero Of Oedipus The King Essay

913 Words Oct 20th, 2016 4 Pages
A tragic hero is a person of honorable birth with brave or possibly heroic abilities. The person is fated by the Gods or by some supernatural force to fate and destruction or at least to great sorrow. But the hero struggles greatly against this fate and the cosmic battle wins our respect. Because the tragic hero simply cannot accept a lessened view of the self and because of some personality fault, the hero fails in this epic struggle against their own fate. Oedipus, the main character of Oedipus the King, is a great king with superlative traits in his individual nature also; but he is considered a tragic hero due to a tragic flaw in terms of his moral outlook. That combination makes us have the tragic experience of purification at the end of the story when all the good of Oedipus is 'wasted ' in his battle against the bad. Oedipus is that unfortunate tragic person whose parents had to throw him away three days after he was born because he was told that he would murder his father and marry his mother. Oedipus flees his own home in order to avoid killing his adoptive mother and father whom he believes are is his biological parents. By leaving his home, he actually goes and kills King Laius, his biological father. By attempting to avoid fate, Oedipus actually carries out his fate. Also, Tiresias says to Oedipus, “The most terrible knowledge is the kind it pays no wise man to possess” (Sophocles 383-384). Tiresias knows that he should not tell Oedipus who killed his father…

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