Oedipus Essay - Schumer 1 Jack Schumer Mr Stary English 101 12 September 2019 Oedipus and His Tragic Flaw Excessive Pride Oedipus Rex by Sophocles is a

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Schumer 1 Jack Schumer Mr. Stary English 101 12 September 2019 Oedipus and His Tragic Flaw: Excessive Pride Oedipus Rex , by Sophocles , is a great example of a tragedy. As said by Aristotle, a tragic hero is virtuous and just, whose misfortune, however, is brought upon him not by vice and depravity but by some error of judgment” (138) . Oedipus, the tragic hero, has the tragic flaw of having an excessive amount of pride. This is shown when Oedipus leaves Corinth and his foster parents, accus es ing Kreon and the blind servant of Apollo, Teiresias for trying to overthrow him , and being persistent with the messenger from Corinth. When Oedipus first hears his prophecy in Corinth to kill his father and marry his mother, he says to himself and the audience, “I heard all this, and fled” (scene 2, line 270), which means he fled from the place he thought was home. The tragic flaw in this , is his pride , takes over his actions. He runs away to try and change the prophecy given to him by the gods through the
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