A Tragic Hero In Oedipus And Creon

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A tragic hero is a character who makes a judgement or moral error that inevitably leads to their downfall and own demise. Two well-known tragic heroes in literature are Oedipus and Creon. Both of these character received a prophecy from the prophet Tiresias that they were unhappy with. They both tried to change their fate and failed, leading to their inevitable downfall. Oedipus’ downfall lead to the death of Jocasta and Oedipus stabbing out his own eyeballs and Creon's’ downfall lead to the death of Haemon, Eurydice, and Antigone. In both Oedipus Rex and Antigone by Sophocles, Oedipus and Creon’s attempt on avoiding fate and failing shows that fate is real and that Oedipus and Creon were both foolish for trying to change it. Throughout the play Oedipus Rex by Sophocles, Oedipus is faced with many problems. From the start of the play we are aware that Oedipus comes from a very messed up family line. As Lauren Silberman says, “Oedipus suffers the most grotesquely perverted family relationships imaginable”(Silberman 2). Oedipus has married his own mother after killing his father. Making Oedipus a husband and a son to Jocasta. Not only that, Oedipus also had four kids with his mother, making him a father and and a brother. When Oedipus found out what his prophecy was in the beginning of the play, he tried to avoid his fate by leaving Corinth and never returning because, he thought his parents were the king and queen. Ironically when he was leaving Corinth for good he

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