2019 Oedipus Paper - Cory Hundman 12 Sept 2019 Engish 12 Miss Kayla Blue 2019 Oedipus Paper Oedipus Rex is a tragic hero due to him being imperfect

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Cory Hundman 12 Sept 2019 Engish 12 Miss Kayla Blue 2019 Oedipus Paper Oedipus Rex is a tragic hero due to him being imperfect, having a tragic flaw, encountering an epiphany, gaining pity from the audience, being born from royalty, and experiencing a downfall. These traits, that characterize Oedipus, cause him to be a tragic hero. First off, Oedius was born from royalty. He didn’t know this at the beginning but Laius and Jocasta were his parents and they were nobles. Laius was the former king of Thebes. “For Oedipus brake in, crying aloud; … and say where he could find his wife -- no wife, rather the mother-soil both of himself and children…” (Sophocles 45). He finds out later that they are his parents. Next is his tragic flaw. In my opinion, Oedupus’ tragic flaw is him being so young and naive. It’s shocking to me that he didn’t figure out the things he did earlier. Oedipus also has a reversal of fortune and a downfall. This is the curse he had when he was born and the prophecy.
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