Oedipus Tragic Flaw

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Tragedy as told by Aristotle is an imitation of an action that is admirable, complete ( composed of an introduction, a middle part and an ending), and possesses magnitude. A tragedy is effective through pity and fear, the actual purification of such emotions. Tragedy is the branch of drama explained in a dignified style such as the sorrowful or terrible events encountered or caused by a heroic individual. Oedipus the King is not a tragedy. Oedipus doesn't hold the qualities of a tragedy, his story isn't relatable, his actions aren't admirable, and it isn't ‘complete’. Although the story does boost through pity and fear and the events that led up to Oedipus’ downfall it lacks tragic flaw. Oedipus has hubris, would could be his tragic flaw, but it wouldn't classify as having enough magnitude to put his story on the map of being…show more content…
Though some of his actions today’s audience might find hard to stomach down.. In the beginning of the play, when the people of Thebes are suffering, Oedipus makes it clear that the pain felt by his people is also felt by himself, and that he will do anything to make them happy again.. Oedipus was willing to help his people, rather than turn his back to them. It bothers him to know that Laius’ murderer hasn’t been caught all these years; indeed, it is the fact that justice has not been served in this matter which springs him into action. A strong commitment to justice reflects a belief in the moral structure of right and wrong. Oedipus could be considered a tragedy because he has hubris that is his pride makes him blind to the truth. He refuses to listen to Tiresias, who says that Oedipus was the one who killed his father, Laius. He is tragic because he struggles against the forces of his fate and pity of the prophecy due to his weakness, which puts fear in the audience. Thus, he is an perfect example of a tragic hero for causing his own downfall, falling from his own grounds and facing undeserved
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