Sophocles' 'Oedipus Rex': The Epic and Tragic Hero in Myth and Culture

2021 Words Jan 11th, 2018 8 Pages
Many scholars believe this is because humans have a need to explore both the known and unknown, the past and the future, and the individual's place within their own society and/or culture. These patterns of themes that appear in religion and myth become, in fact, archetypal themes. Use of these themes allows us to "re-craft" the past, make sense of the present, and predict our future. There is synergism, then, in both myth and ritual that permeate history and culture the concept of a tragic hero is a prime example (Bittarello). This type of hero continues to amaze contemporary society witness the Star Wars or Lord of the Rings franchises all heroes with both tragic and epic proportions. Oedipus Rex is one example of the complex relationship between the hero and society; tragic and epic, and the manner in which the very core of the hero's…
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