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Oedipus illustrated emotion feelings that produced a response in the audience. The storyline of Oedipus the King continually develops an emotional response throughout the play. Fear is alsoa vital development of the tragic hero’s character. Fear develops mystery and suspense to the protagonist. Oedipus came across several situations that prompted the reader to become fearful of Oedipus’ future. Once fear is established, the destruction of the character needs to be made present. The character’s fate that they endure should be extreme in order to for the spectator to feel pity for the hero. In Sophocles’ play, Oedipus the King, Oedipus caused his downfall, his downfall is inventible due to the hero’s consequences of his actions. Oedipus’ response to his consequences causes spectators to feel pity for him; the audience concludes that Oedipus is undeserving of his fate. Sophocles’ literary masterpiece Oedipus the Kingis a dramatic display of the Accident GreekPhilosophers Aristotle’s definition of a tragic hero.” Oedipus’s actions and characteristics supportthe conclusion that he is a tragic hero. Oedipus elite status and nobility were overshadowed by the killing of his father, marrying his mother, and unknowing fulfilling the prophecy. Overall,
7OedipusResearch Paper Oedipus’ ego, self-righteousness, and pride increased his tragic flaw, the conquests of his actions ultimately sealed his unfavorable fate; that was succeeding more substantial than he deserved. “In the final scene of the play, contains a “renewed insistence on the heroic nature of Oedipus; the play ends as it began, with the greatness of the hero. But it is a different kind of greatness. It is now based on knowledge, not, as before, on ignorance, and this new knowledge is, like that of Socrates, a recognition of man’s ignorance” (Knox 1968, p. 97).”(Waggoner, 2017)
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