The Ideal Tragic Hero : Oedipus The Tragic Hero

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What is a hero? In traditional play write the hero is someone with pure qualities sent by either an unforeseen force, destiny, or a quest to save someone or a country. The word “hero” can be a loose term today, but the result is the same. The hero completes his mission, brings happiness to all, and continues living. In some tales, the hero does not make it, but still becomes a beacon of hope or falls valiantly causing an up roar by society to take matters into their own hands. The result? Happiness, a completed objective, what was wrong is now right by societal standards. This “hero” would be the ideal character, someone fated to bring happiness to a world without one. However, on the other hand, a tragic hero is not. A tragic hero is fated by unwritten law and by divine intervention of achieving said happiness. Instead the tragic hero incites pity and fear to the utmost degree. Turning a blind eye to the truth, and the limits of free will, are all tested and proved fruitless in the end by the power of the unwritten law by the gods. Thus, making Oedipus the ideal tragic hero. Oedipus, which translated from Greek mean “swell foot” the name pays homage to the origin and what had happened to Oedipus as a child. Understanding the translation of the name is one of the most important aspects to Oedipus’s character. Oedipus was casted from Thebes three days after his birth due to the prophecy that he will kill his father and marry his mother. Instead of “dying that fortunate little

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