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Oedipus - Morgan Messenger ENGL 2220 Dr Matthews Oedipus...

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Morgan Messenger September 10, 2007 ENGL 2220 Dr. Matthews Oedipus: Tragic Hero? I believe that Oedipus is a tragic hero because he clearly displays the four qualities of a tragic hero, uncertainty, anxiety, lack of control, and lack of self knowledge, in just the first 507 lines of the play. Oedipus is uncertain of the events leading up to his becoming king. Oedipus is unaware of many truths of the past that will eventually help him figure out what is going on with his prophecy and the situation he’s in now. For example, he shows that he doesn’t know the story of Laius’ death when he says, “Where…did Laius find his bloody death?” Oedipus also doesn’t know why they stopped looking for his murderer. He says, and “What stopped you from tracking down the killer then and there?” Oedipus displays his anxiety when his people call on him to act and “raise up the city” from the bad place it has ended up in. After the priest voices the population’s wish, Oedipus
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