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Running head: RESEARCH PAPER 1Research Paper: Oedipus, A Tragic HeroLiberty UniversityENGL 102October 12, 2012
RESEARCH PAPER 2Research Paper: Oedipus, A Tragic HeroGreek tragedies have become renowned in the Western world and have become a core part of English education. Because of this many people at least have a passing familiarity with Greek tragedies. However, most people do not take the time to think about the elements that make them tragedies or make the characters in them tragic heroes. In one of the “earliest surviving works of dramatic theory” of the ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle, he laid out his rules for what is the foundation of a tragedy and a tragic hero. In the play by Sophocles, Oedipus stands out as a classic representation of what a tragedy hero is. Oedipus contains elements that Aristotle stated make a tragedy and a tragic hero. One of the requirements for being a tragic hero according to Aristotle is "a [great] man who is neither a paragon of virtue and justice nor undergoes the change to misfortune through any real badness or wickedness but because of some mistake." There must be some mistake committed by the character or character flaw that causes the great man’s fortunes to turn for the worst. Aristotle also felt there were certain plot devices that needed to take place in order for it to qualify as a tragedy and for the character to really be a tragic hero. There can be no tragic hero without a tragedy happening, plot is a very critical point. The plot of a true tragedy should be complex and consist of reversal and recognition. Both of these plot elements are contained within the play Oedipus the King.The play starts out highlighting Oedipus’ character by showing him talking to the
RESEARCH PAPER 3grieving citizens in front of his palace. They are praying to the gods to stop the plague that is destroying Thebes. He mourns with his people over the hardships that have befallen the land of Thebes. He tells them that his brother-in-law, Creon, has already been sent to seek out and consult with the Oracle about the cause of the plague and how to get rid of it. Creon comes back and informs them that the current plague is because the Gods are angry about the murder of the former King Laius. Oedipus decides that he will find who the murderer is and exile him in order

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