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Who Is Oedipus A Tragic Hero

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“A tragic hero is a character of noble birth with heroic qualities. This character, as a result of his fatal flaw met his doom after substantial suffering. In the play, Oedipus Rex, written by Sophocles in 429 B.C., Oedipus is the tragic hero who is distinguished by the definition above. Oedipus Rex is a tragedy play and is set in Thebes. It describes a tale of a king with the inability to see the truth and this lack of sight ultimately causes him to suffer. Oedipus is a quintessential example of a tragic hero which can be seen through his characteristics, such as his start at noble height, his inability to acknowledge his own flaw, and through his own actions, brings his own doom.
Oedipus is a noble man, He cares for his people, and suffers
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In a write-up, Author Harold Bloom discusses the tragic downfall of Oedipus Rex. He states, “The most prominent features of Greek tragedy are the spectacle and mystery of human suffering. Aristotle observed in the old tragedies a turning point ("peripeteia") that takes the protagonist from a position of power and success to a state of misery and misfortune—to being, as King Oedipus says of himself, a "zero." This figure came to be known as the "tragic hero." Aristotle also established the concept of the flaw or fatal lapse of judgment ("hamartia") that is said to bring about the "fall" of an otherwise masterful and virtuous personality, and the related idea that pity and terror are aroused in the spectators by witnessing the tragic action.” Oedipus asks the blind man Tiresias to identify the source of the plague. Tiresias placed the blame on Oedipus. In anger, Oedipus lashes out against Tiresias for the allegation. The Chorus tells Oedipus to calm down. Chorus believes the accusations are false until evidence is present. Oedipus eventually accuses Creon, his brother-in-law of killing the king. Oedipus believed he was plotting to remove Oedipus from the throne to become king
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