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OEDIPUS THE KING - RESEARCH PAPER (PART III)ENG102 – MWF – 1000KERWAN ANTOINE
Oedipus Rex, also known asOedipus the Kingby most English-speakers,was a Greek play first performed in429 BCand was written by Sophocles. Theplay showcases the tragedy of a great King’s inevitable downfall. What I likedabout the play was that Oedipus actually cared about the people whom he hadrule over. It was this nature that influenced him to seek a solution for theplague. I also liked the fact that he tried changing his fate, albeit futile,when the prophecy was told to him. What I disliked from the play was that evenafter being told by Tiresias to stop looking for King Laius’ murderer, Oedipusinsisted on going down that path and eventually causing his defeat. Anotherthing I loathed was that Oedipus was filled with so much pride that he accusedhis own brother in law, and prophet of wanting his throne, when they were justfollowing his orders. One of the two things I learned from the play was thatit is our intentions to prevent bad things from happening that actually bringsthem to fruition. The other is that our traits affects those around us whetherwe like it or not; usually a flaw in our character will cause emotional harmto people around us.In this essay, I will discuss Oedipus The King as aclassical tragic hero, having possessed all five traits, which are: highsocial standing, a fatal flaw, the downfall, the knock-on-effect, and finally,the epiphany.The first trait I will discuss today is High Standing; primarily, a highand noble status in society by our hero, Oedipus. “Oh my children, the newblood of ancient Thebes, why are you here? Huddling at my altar, prayingbefore me, your branches wound in wool” (Page 262, Lines 1-3). Oedipus ispresented in his greatness; King of Thebes. He refers to the people as “mychildren” which indicates his superiority. He is confident in his ability toserve as their king. “Oh Oedipus, king of the land, our greatest power!” (page264, line 16). Oedipus is revered by the people of Thebes. The procession ofpriests appears before him, seeking his help once more to deliver the kingdomfrom another plague. Oedipus has proven himself, earning their respect. “You1
cannot equal the gods, your children know that, bending at your altar. But werate you first of men” (pg. 264, 39-41). Oedipus came into power at a timewhen the kingdom was vulnerable. He was the only one able to deliver them fromthe Sphinx, and they had been confident in his ability to prove himself oncemore. They look to him as a savior, fully aware that he is merely a man andnot a god. H.G. Mullens’ quote of Aristotle’s recipe for a tragic hero isthat, “He is a man of good position and reputation, and he is prosperous”

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