The Tragic Hero Of Sophocles ' Oedipus The King, Antigone, And Medea

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The Ancient Greek Tragedies were a way for poets to tell a story with a twist. A way for others to see that life isn’t perfect for anyone. People get the feeling that if someone is from money, or they have the best house, that their lives must be perfect. With trag edies the authors made sure it was the heroes that suffered the downfalls and heartaches. The tragic hero’s in the following stories are destined for suffering after fighting as a hero would. In the Ancient Greek Tragedies, Oedipus the King, Antigone, and Medea, the author’s followed Aristotle’s ideas of a real tragedy and a tragic hero.
Sophocles’ uses the characteristics of Aristotle’s ideas on what makes a good tragedy in Oedipus the King. The main character, Oedipus, left his homeland after he heard a prophecy that he would one day kill his father and marry his mother. Rather than take the gamble he elected to leave. While on his journey he came in contact with a man at a crossroad that he had to kill. Oedipus continued his journey, unconcerned with which he killed, when he came across a Sphinx that was holding a kingdom hostage. Oedipus solved the sphinx’s riddle removing the curse from the kingdom. The kingdom, appreciative for what he did, welcomed him with open arms. Oedipus then falls in love with the Queen whom he marries and has children with. Another curse is then brought upon the kingdom generating devastation. Oedipus called for anyone that could possibly be the cause of the evil. The seer comes to…

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