Module 6 - Essay 2. - Running head TRAGEDY 1 Tragedy Embry Riddle Aeronautical University TRAGEDY 2 Tragedy Regarding literature tragedy can be referred

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Running head: TRAGEDY 1 Tragedy Embry Riddle Aeronautical University
TRAGEDY 2 Tragedy Regarding literature, tragedy can be referred to as a progression of unfortunate events whereby characters undergo severe misfortunes which result in a horrible disaster. The involved characters may be one or more. Tragedy in literature works should basically be in five stages in its normal structure: there should be happy times, an introduction to the problem, the problem should be seen to worsen into a dilemma, the problem should be out of control of the characters, and finally the problem should end in a catastrophic or have a grave ending situation. According to Aristotle argumentation, a perfect tragedy should be realistic and have a narrow focus, provoke pity and fear to the audiences, be able to outline traits of a perfect tragic hero and be full of ironies. Good. By having now, all this in mind let see how Sophocles story Oedipus the King does becomes tragic. To begin with Oedipus found himself within the palace of King Polybus of Corinth where he was raised up meaning that he had a pleasant life as he was taken as king’s son. Little did he know that he was a son to King Laius and Queen Jocasta only that he was rescued by a servant who after being ordered by his mother to kill him on her behalf as she was directed by his father, instead gave him to a shepherd who took him to Corinth. As time passed, Oedipus heard a rumor that Polybus and Merope were not his biological parents and when he asked them they denied the claim. He decided to ask the Delphic Oracle, but his question was ignored and rather he was told that he is destined to fall in love with his mother and kill his father. Out of fear of killing Polybus and Merope, who he believed to be his parents, he decided to end to Thebes to keep off from his foretold fate.
TRAGEDY 3 On the way, he meets Laius, and he kills him after falling into a quarrel marking the begging of the Oedipus problems which were to contribute to his downfall. After solving the Sphinx’s riddle, Oedipus was rewarded with kingship and Queen Jocasta his real biological mother was handed to him for marriage without any recognition. When Oedipus steps out from

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