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The Perfect TragedyTragedy, by definition, is a dramatic play dealing with suffering and devastation resultingin the downfall of the main character and invoking a catharsis to the viewers. According to Aristotle, "Tragedy is an imitation not just of a complete action, but of events that evoke pity andfear."1He pointed out that one of the characteristics of a tragic hero is a person of noble birth with heroic qualities. The tragic hero must have a tragic flaw and because of that flaw the character falls from either power or death. As a result of the fall, the character comes to a realization of something of great importance. Lastly, the audience must empathize with the character. Therefore, the play Oedipus the Kingby Sophocles is a tragedy, since it fits all the elements described by Aristotle. Oedipus the Kingis about how no one can escape from their fate. As French fabulist Jean de La Fontaine once said, “A person often meets his destiny on the road he took to avoid it.” Thisquote is basically the gist of the story of Oedipus the King. In the play, King Laius of Thebes, discovered from the oracle that he was destined to be killed by his own son. So, Laius demanded his wife, Jocasta, to kill their baby. However, she could not do bring herself to kill him. Laius, then, sent his shepherd-servant to put Oedipus in the mountains to die, but the shepherd pitied thebaby. The shepherd gave the baby away to another shepherd, and he would give the baby to the childless King Polybus. Oedipus was raised by King Polybus of Corinth as if he were his own son. As a grown man, Oedipus heard many rumors that he was not the biological son of King Polybus, so he goes to meet with the oracle. There he learns the prophecy that he will kill his

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