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Oedipus as a Tragic Hero ENG 4U Mrs. Monteiro July 13 th , 2015
Oedipus’ dynamic nature of nobility and virtue establishes him as a hero to the people of Thebes that will ultimately lead to his own ruin. A tragic hero is a literary character who makes a judgment error that inevitably leads to his/her own destruction. In the beginning, Oedipus represents the Theban people, he shows how selfless and responsible he can be. On the other hand, because of Oedipus’ determination he became prideful and his self-confidence turned to his ear mark character trait. In contrast, the gods were not in is favor and he becomes powerless of his fulfills his fate. Therefore, Oedipus is a tragic hero who is a noble man, with a tragic flaw and a bitter fate, these factors inevitably become the reasons for his own downfall. If you go by Aristrotle’s definition of a “tragic hero”, the audience must respect the tragic hero as “larger and better version” of themselves. Like many great kings, Oedipus has many good qualities. First, he learns of the prophecy that he is to grow up and kill his father and marry his mother, Oedipus leaves his home and family in order to prevent the prophecy from manifesting itself true. No doubt, he is saddened by the fact of leaving his homeland, but he does so to protect his parents. Thebes was currently being terrorized by the Sphinx when Oedipus arrived, he was able to solve which made her crazy and killed defeat her. Thus, freeing Thebes

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