Oedipus The King, Or Oedipus Rex

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Ancient Greece was renowned for its classical tragedies, the most famous probably being Sophocles’ Oedipus the King, or Oedipus Rex. For a play to be considered a tragedy, it must have a tragic hero. According to Aristotle’s definition of a tragic hero, they must be a decent moral person, of high social standing who eventually meets with a tragic downfall, of their own doing, suffering more than deserved, and realizing their error too late. In the play Oedipus the King, Oedipus is the epitome of a tragic hero. Oedipus Rex was generally a “good” person; he was a caring, fair ruler to the people of Thebes, and tried to relieve his people, whom he lovingly referred to as his “children”, of all hardships that came. By calling his people his “children”, Oedipus is looked at as a father-figure and is respected by his people. He earned the title as king after solving the Sphinx’s riddle and lifting the plague from Thebes. He then married Jocasta, the recently widowed Queen of Corinth and his mother, which he did not know at the time. When Oedipus was born, an oracle had told his parents, the rulers of Corinth, that he would kill his father and marry his mother. In horror to this news, his parents had left the baby to die on a mountain side, where someone found him and raised him as their own. Oedipus learns the truth of his fate years later, he vows to leave the city of Corinth and lead a noble life, which would prevent this horrendous fate from occurring. Fulfilling the second
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