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Tragic Hero In Oedipus The King

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In a utopian society that lacked the literary genre of tragedies, the genre of comedy in literature would likewise fail to exist. Without a periodic reminder of the horrible events which exist in a non-perfect world, comedy would have no origin from which to lift its audience. It is this origin point that tragedy finds its home, a central point from which its reader can compare themselves to and better themselves from as they compare their own lives to the life of the tragedy’s hero. It is this hero who must connect with the reader (or view in case of this play), yet simultaneously create themselves as a stepping stone for the reader to enlighten their mood in future comedic interactions. As the tragic hero leads the reader through the play, it is his/her interactions with the work’s non-heroic characters that cause their ultimate suffering, giving the tragedy its rightful name. In Oedipus the King, by Sophocles, the tragic hero Oedipus causes the suffering of civilians in the city of Thebes and his own wife/mother in her eventual suicide. The calamity of his mother was foretold to Oedipus as his inescapable fate, and through his attempt to escape this destiny he only manages to bring suffering upon himself, his mother, and the city of Thebes. Oedipus engages in a persistent search to find the murderer of his birth father Laius against the will of his wife/mother Jocasta. When Jocasta’s attempts to keep the truth from Oedipus fail, Jocasta decides to take her own life in
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