The Tragic Hero of Oedipus the King Essay

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"Writing About Drama" in the book, Literature for Composition, describes the world's greatest plays written before the 20th century as either tragedy or comedy. In a tragic play, the tragic hero usually does some fearful deed which ultimately destroys him. The main character of a tragic play does a good deed which in turn makes him a hero. This hero reaches his prime, and in the end a fearful deed which he had committed earlier, ultimately destroys this man once called hero. Oedipus the king of Thebes is an example of this tragic hero.
Oedipus who is the main character in Oedipus the King was the hero of Thebes. This king "disenthralled us (the city of Thebes) from the Sphinx" (p 6). and in turn he became "Oedipus... most respected
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Soon Oedipus realizes that it is he who might be the child. He knew that fifteen years ago he had been told by the Oracle:
" he was destined to murder his father and marry his mother" -- (p3)
Oedipus was very shocked by what happened. He realized through all his glory, he was at the same time playing into what the Oracle has told him he would do. Although he had had many accomplishments and hailed as a hero, he hadn't seen the truth. A man who had eyes couldn't see the truth. Tiresias, a blind man knew the truth, saw the truth.
"Oh, if you could only see what lurks in yours you would not chide me so." (p19)
Jocasta and Lauis, then Oedipus didn't want their Oracle to come true, therefore they tried everything that they could to go against it, but in the end they did what the Oracle said they would do in the beginning. By running away from what might be, they ran right into it, both without knowing the result.
Jocasta, thought she could change her and Laius' destiny, by giving the child away to a shepherd, but in the end the child came back. She didn't know it was he, and she didn't know that he had killed her husband and his father. She was thankful because Oedipus saved the city from the Sphinx. But by giving this child away she has walked right into what was destined to happen. If she hadn't

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