OEDIPUS: A TRAGIC HEROKingdome of Thebes is thrown into a famine which leads to Oedipus learning the truth ofhis origin and causing his downfall. Sophocles’ Oedipus exemplifies Aristotle’s definitionof a tragic hero in that he accurately adheres to Aristotle’s conceptions and characteristicsof the tragic protagonist. Aristotle’s Definition of a Tragic Hero/ProtagonistAristotle, a great scientist who lived during the ancient Greek period, developed the theory of rhetoric, constructed several works on psychology, political science, and astronomy (Eagle, 2008). While his accomplishments in other literary and philosophical areas are noteworthy, Aristotle also had an insight into Greek tragedies. According to Johnson & Arp (2016), “Aristotle had important insights into the nature of some of the greatest tragedies and that, rightly or wrongly interpreted, his conceptions are the basis for a kind of archetypal notion of tragedy that has dominated critical thought” (p. 1251). Aristotle had a basis or an outline of characteristics that should be present in a tragic hero. A tragic hero, according to Aristotle, is of noble stature, is good but not perfect, has larger than life qualities, and possess a tragic fall that leads to his downfall while simultaneously evoking a new sense of awareness and discovery (Johnson & Arp, 2016).