Heroic Tales And Tragic Heroes

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For the entirety of literary history, a hero has been known as a character who stood for what is right and virtuous in tales of dramatic tragedies in which the hero eventually dies or is met with suffering and defeat in the fight for what he believes in. Philosophers have tried to find the relationship between the concept of the tragic hero and ancient Greek tales of tragic heroes (Finglass, 2009). This study will seek to find new data relating the works of two great Greek authors, Aristotle and Sophocles, with the origin of tragic hero tales by exploring relevant similarities between Greek theatre and modern day tales of the tragic heroes. We should, however, be careful to differentiate between comic tales and tragic tales. The focus of this study will mostly be on Aristotle’s definition of a tragic hero but before we begin to dig deeper into the details of classics such as the work of Sophocles, Oedipus Rex, We will look a bit into the technical part of a tragic tale to try and discover what elements it is composed of. We should appreciate just how complex the build-up of classical tragedy is with elements such as choral performances that interrupt the story line.
The character Oedipus Rex in one of the greatest classic tales of tragic hero written by Sophocles and he embodies the definition of a hero by Aristotle’s definition. For Aristotle, a hero was a revered character that was placed on a higher moral pedestal by the other characters and finally meets his downfall
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