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Oedipus As A Tragic Hero

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The play Oedipus Tyrannus, written by Sophocles, is one of the greatest renowned Greek drama tragedies. Have you ever heard the saying if you do not know your past, then it can come back to haunt you? This theme is played upon heavily though out the story to where it also becomes somewhat about self-discovery along the way. The Greek philosopher, Aristotle, based some of his book Poetics on Oedipus. According to Aristotle the definition of a tragic hero is a character that due to the wrongs of their judgment leads them to their own demise. Oedipus’s downfall was brought about by his lack of knowledge, his quick impulsive and angering temperament, and arrogance.
As revealed, Oedipus Tyrannus takes place in the Greek city of Thebes. As the
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Oedipus believed that the oracle was talking about Polybus and Merope so he fled from them. This made the second time that the same prophecy had been told to the people it was about. All of them then took steps in trying to prevent it from their own understanding which in turn ended up being their own ignorance and destruction. King Laius, Queen Jocasta, and Oedipus’s attempt to escape their unfortunate fate leads them into destiny of what they all three of them dreaded the most.
Furthermore, Oedipus’s lack of knowledge was shown, when Oedipus sent for the prophet Teiresias. The prophet knew who he was and did not want to disclose that to him for the sorrow it will bring. Instead of heeding the prophet’s warning, he pressed him for a prophecy he had actually already heard. Oedipus was very quick witted, which is how he solved the riddle from the Sphinx, however, when Teiresias said the following riddle, “You have your eyes but see not where you are in sin, nor where you live, nor whom you live with. Do you know who your parents are? Unknowing you are an enemy to kith and kin in death, beneath the earth, and in this life ”, and even outright admitted that Oedipus was the murderer he was seeking, he still did not believe him them. But due to not knowing who he was entirely, he was able to suppress it and chose to remain unknowledgeable. It was as if he was going with the saying that ignorance is bliss; which for him, at the
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