Essay on The Tragic Hero Of Oedipus The King

1101 Words Dec 9th, 2015 5 Pages
Aristotle, the famous Greek Philosopher once stated, “A man doesn 't become a hero until he can see the root of his own downfall” (Gutenberg.org). Aristotle believes that only real heroes can identify their weakness and furthermore prevent it. During the time of Ancient Greek theater, this statement gave rise to the idea of more complex characters, such as the Aristotelian Tragic Hero. The tragic hero can be defined as one that starts in a high place of honor and nobility; suffers from a tragic flaw, or hamartia, that causes his downfall; experiences a realization which moves him from blindness to sight; face his downfall with honor and dignity; and causes the audience or Chorus to experience pity and fear. In Sophocles’ play, Oedipus the King, the tragic hero, Oedipus, undergoes all of these characteristics as he ultimately reaches his downfall. Oedipus starts off in a high place of honor as the King of Thebes, but he suffers from hubris, or pride. Later he experiences many realizations that explain his destiny of marrying his mother and killing his father. Once he finally understands that the prophecies come true, he decides to stab out his pupils in the hope that he can never see the truth again. As all this happens, the chorus exclaims its catharsis for Oedipus. In Sophocles’ tragic play Oedipus the King, Oedipus fulfills the archetype of the Aristotelian tragic hero, showing that mankind’s own tragic flaws will cause its downfall Even though Oedipus starts in a…

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