Sophocles Oedipus The King: A Tragic Hero

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“Citizens who dwell in Thebes look at Oedipus here, who knew the answer to the famous riddle and was a power in the land. On his good fortune all the citizens gazed with envy. Into what a stormy sea he has come now”. The main character, Oedipus, from Sophocles play Oedipus the King experiences an inevitable downfall from being a powerful leader to a grim man who has committed the worst crime against his people and himself. The downfall shows the lack of innocence Oedipus has along with his unrevealed wickedness. Aristotle’s definition of a tragic figure is a noble man, neither completely innocent nor completely wicked, who has a downfall because of a tragic flaw which leads to a catharsis from the audience. Oedipus proves to be a tragic figure

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