The Tragic Hero Of Oedipus The King

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Aristotle describes the tragic hero as having three components which should be present in order to influence the audience. The audience must become involved emotionally with the hero so they become fearful for his welfare or well-being. The concluding suffering of the hero draws pity from the audience. Aristotle describes this emotional transition as “catharsis” which refers to the purging or releasing of emotions. This is what Aristotle believes entices audiences to watch tragedies. The hero must also be a complex multifaceted and credible character in order to attract the audience and appeal to their emotions. King Oedipus demonstrates all of these qualities and exemplifies Aristotle’s definition of a tragic hero. Oedipus the King was written by Sophocles, one of the most famous writers of ancient Greek tragedies. He is known for adding a third actor to the plays as well as being the first playwright to add scenery to the set. Oedipus the King is believed to have first been performed in 425 B.C. in Greece. It was one of the many plays written by Sophocles that awarded him prizes during drama competitions. “Oedipus the King” tells the story of a King who is destroyed by his own determination to learn the truth of a prophecy. Instead of heeding the warnings about searching for answers about his past, he persists to learn the truth which leads to his demise. His fate was predetermined by the gods. The tragic hero is a person of “high estate” such as a person of

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