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##us The King : A Tragic Hero In Oedipus The King

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There are many ways which one can describe or define a tragic hero. Nevertheless, Aristotle, a well-respected Greek philosopher, gave perhaps one of the simplest and most effective definitions of a tragic hero. Aristotle’s definition/characteristics of a tragic hero argue that the hero must be “a character of noble stature and has greatness.”Therefore, if one is to believe Aristotle and/or his definition of a tragic hero, Oedipus, in Oedipus the King, is a perfect example of a tragic hero because he fulfills not only the aforementioned trait but a few of the other characteristics set forth by Aristotle. As stated by Aristotle, one of the characteristics of a tragic hero is known to be “one who is pre-eminently great, but is far from perfect. The character is also someone who is almost completely like us, although perhaps elevated to a higher position in society.”In the play, Oedipus traveled to the land of Thebes which was controlled by a Sphinx because no one could solve its riddle. Because Oedipus was the only one who could solve the riddle, he saved the land from the Sphinx. The people of Thebes honored/praised Oedipus and decided to make him the King of Thebes.If he had not came along and solved the riddle, the city will still be under the thrall of the Sphinx. Although this may be true, Oedipus has tragic flaws such as his excessive pride, arrogance, short-temper, and self-righteousness which generated to Oedipus’s downfall. According to Aristotle, the tragic hero
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