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1Liberty UniversityFinding the Importance of Tragic Heroes inOedipus RexRebecca EisnerENGL 102 - B07Rebecca Eisner
2ENGL 102-B07Research PaperFinding the Importance of Tragic Heroes inOedipus RexTragedies in literature have became an important part of today’s education and styles of living. People may not know they have heard a tragedy, though they have probably have heard them while in school or in passing. Though, do people really know what makes the characters a tragic hero, or not know what is a tragedy in general. Oedipus Rexis a play by Sophocles in which “a nobleman who seeks knowledge that in the end destroys him,”(The Story of Oedipus Rex). In this play, Oedipus is the perfect example of what a tragic hero should be.A Greek Philosopher, Aristotle, created a layer of rules to explain what a tragedy and what a tragic hero is. To Aristotle, the six elements were plot, diction, character, thoughts, spectacle, and music (Agamemnon). A person must watch and focus on these elements to understand Greek tragedies (Agamemnon). Oedipus as the perfect example of a tragic hero, had a terrible backstory. He, at only three days old was thrown away by his own parents. It was fate for Oedipus to murder his father and then marry his mother. Oedipus’ parents put a skewer through his feet to pin them together as his parents threw him. He was given away and given the name Oedipus. Oedipus has a translation to “swell foot” in Greek, which explains his swollen feet from the skewers when he was born (Oedipus Rex by Sophocles). To become a tragic hero, they must have a tragedy happen in their life. This was Oedipus’ tragedy. As the play begins, Oedipus is talking to the distraught citizens that are in front of his palace. There is a terrible plague that is going through their land. The citizens pray and pray for
3the Gods to stop the plague. This scene is a good reference to Oedipus’ personality. He stays withthe citizens to grief with them. Then, Oedipus’ brother-in-law, Creon, comes back into town frombeing away to consult the Oracle. Creon tells Oedipus and the upset citizens that the Gods are

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