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Character Analysis Of Oedipus The King

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Oedipus the King is a dramatic tragedy written by Sophocles in the 5th century B.C.E. Oedipus the main character in Sophocles’ tragedy Oedipus the King possesses idyllic personality traits, however he will become known as the ultimate tragic hero. A tragic hero is a literary character in a dramatic tragedy who is destined for downfall, suffering or defeat; making an error in judgment or has a fatal flaw that combined with fate and external forces brings on tragedy. Oedipus displays all of the traits necessary to become a tragic hero. He was of noble birth being born to Laios and Jokasta King and Queen of Thebes. Oedipus also possess tragic flaws or hamartia which is a mistake that causes the downfall of a character; not in relation to bad deeds or evil character; not the fault of the protagonist; victim of fate, which leads to his eventual downfall. Additionally Oedipus has a significant amount of increased of self-awareness throughout his journey, realizing he was in fact the killer of Laios as one example. The readers also feel pity and are fearful for Oedipus particularly near the end of the story when he stabs his own eyes out.
Oedipus the King of Thebes the main protagonist of the play is an ill-fated character whose name literally means “swell-foot” or “swollen-foot.” He was named by Aristotle in his work Poetics as being of the right kind of protagonist as he inspires the correct combination of pity and fear that a tragic hero should possess, and it is due to no fault
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