The Tragic Hero Of Sophocles ' Oedipus The King ( Sophocles )

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A tragic hero is not equivalent to the heroes that people think of today. A tragic hero does not necessarily display courage, bravery, and strength in grim times, making them different than the heroic characters people think of today. Many famous Greek playwrights wrote about tragic heroes, but each one chose to focus on different characteristics, depending on how they defined a tragic hero. This is why when examining the characters Oedipus, in Oedipus the King (Sophocles), and Hippolytus, in Hippolytus (Euripides), and comparing their actions to Aristotle’s definition of a tragic hero, many differences are found, but some consistent similarities. Although, this does not mean that one definition is more correct than the other, instead it shows how broad of a term “tragic hero” is. In my mind a tragic hero is someone who shows excessive pride, someone who does something that will eventually destroy them, or is someone who is doomed from the beginning, as shown in Oedipus the King and Hippolytus. Sophocles and Euripides chose to focus on different characteristics of this definition while Aristotle says that a tragic hero must be good, have manly valor, be true to life, and consistent. Focusing on Sophocles and Euripides, one trait remains consistent. This one trait could be argued to be the most important characteristic in a tragic hero: hubris, or excessive pride in yourself.
Oedipus the King, written by the famous Greek playwright Sophocles, focuses on a tragic…

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