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imposed exile for the rest of his life, fulfilling his vow to the people of Thebes and lifting the curse. According to Aristotle, a tragic hero is, "a great man who is neither a paragon of virtue and justice nor undergoes the change to misfortune through any real badness or wickedness but because of some mistake." [Ohi15] Oedipus was a kind-hearted man that loved his family and the people of his kingdom. Like Aristotle’s definition, Oedipus’ tragedy didn’t occur because of an act of wickedness, but merely because of his human flaws. Oedipus was toppled by his anger and paranoia. Oedipus as a character embodies much of human nature. Oedipus is a man that loves his kingdom and it’s people, and at his core he has a good heart, so the audience wants to like him. Oedipus also had a miserable childhood, which causes the audience to feel pity for him. When he was an infant, Oedipus was abandoned by his parents and left to die on a mountaintop in an effort to avoid the prophecy told to Laius that his child would one day kill him. Later in Oedipus’ life he receives a prophecy that states he will kill his father. Not wanting the prophecy to come true, Oedipus exiles himself from his hometown, Corinth, vowing never to return. After this, Oedipus kills a group of men; Turbyfill 5
unbeknown to him one of them is his true father, Laius. Upon arriving at Thebes and being crowned king for saving the city, Oedipus conducts an investigation of who killed the previous king, Laius. Soon after, Oedipus discovers one of the men he killed was in fact his father and that Jocasta, Oedipus’ wife, is his mother. After Jocasta learns of this revelation, she then takes her own life. In his grief, Oedipus gouges out his eyes and demanded he be exiled for his cruel deed and lifts the curse on his city. From Sophocles’ tragedy, Oedipus portrays much of the flaws of humanity. His paranoia and anger are shown when he threatens to exile his brother-in-law Creon because he thought Creon was plotting to overthrow him. The audience is made to feel sympathetic towards him because of his unfortunate childhood. He is man that is trying to escape his fate and is has made an effort to become a better man and a good king, but in the end cannot escape his outcome. Aristotle’s opinion of a tragic plot contains reversal, recognition, and suffering [Ohi15]. In Oedipus Rex the reversal and recognition both occur when Oedipus finds out he is adopted. Oedipus had gone his whole life thinking that he was the son of the king and queen of Corinth, when in fact he was the son of Laius, the king of Thebes. The tragedy occurs when Oedipus blinds himself and figuratively dies. Oedipus chooses to

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