The 's Theory Of The Tragic Hero Essay

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Hamartia, or the first step in Aristotle 's theory of the tragic hero, explains that the play must demonstrate a flaw or error of judgement. The play offers an illustration of "hamartia" throughout its prose, as at the beginning of the play; Oedipus thinks he is free of guilt. However, his rash anger leads him to unknowingly kill his real father, King Lauis, at the crossroads. The murder of Oedipus ' father is one of the essential links in his downfall, which indicates that his anger is a very important part of the play. Killing another man due to an argument would be considered an overreaction to modern day audiences; however the actions of Oedipus to an ancient Greek audience would not have been as radical, as a man had the right to defend himself when attacked. When the blind prophet Teiressias brings him bad news, the audience sees the first glimpses of Oedipus ' anger, OEDIPUS: "Indeed I am so angry I shall not hold back a jot of what I think. For I would have you know I think you were complotter of the deed and doer of the deed save in so far as for the actual killing. Had you had eyes I would have said alone you murdered him." 390 – 396.

In this scene of the play, the arguments that Oedipus has, do not bring on Oedipus’ downfall, he only threatens to do bad things, though he never does. The second tragic flaw of Oedipus’ character is seen in his determination, as this is what ultimately reveals to him the truth about what he has done, and as Oedipus questions…

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