The Tragic Hero Of Oedipus The King

987 Words Oct 18th, 2015 4 Pages
While exemplifying the high estate, noble character, and flawed nature of Aristotle’s tragic hero, Oedipus fails to have a personal mistake become his undoing, hence denying him the status of Aristotle’s tragic hero.
A key criteria of Aristotle’s tragic hero is that he or she comes from high estate, such as a royal family. Aristotle’s definition of the tragic hero is well thought out in this manner. High status is important as it gives the character a long way to fall (Kennedy & Gioia, 2013). This makes the piece more dramatic, since the character can lose so much. The character must fall from a good situation to a bad for tragedy to occur (Kennedy & Gioia, 2013), and the majority of people consider royalty a good position.
Aristotle believed tragic heroes to be of good character in order for a true tragedy to occur. Good, moral, protagonists of noble character are necessary, as they must be pitiable (Kennedy & Gioia, 2013). If an evil man ends up in misfortune, the audience will not care as the character deserves it. When a good person falls into adversity and calamity, the audience feels for the character because of the injustice of the situation.
Aristotle recognized constant injustice does not satisfy audiences. When creating the tragic hero, balance is key. People naturally long for and desire justice whenever possible. Because of this Aristotle required the tragic hero to be imperfect (Kennedy & Gioia, 2013). The hero needs to be good enough that the audience cares…
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