Oedipus Argumentative Paragraph

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Oedipus Argumentative Paragraph Aristotle’s Poetics deeply describes what makes a tragic story, and what makes a tragic hero. With respect to the topics of Reversal of Situation, Scene of Suffering, and a Good Character discussed by Aristotle, Oedipus is an ideal example of a tragic hero. As Aristotle describes, reversal of situation is, “a change by which the action veers round to its opposite, subject always to our rule of probability or necessity.” (Aristotle 199) Here, Aristotle explains how a reversal of situation is an unexpected turn of events, by which the first intention was to clear a situation positively but ending up impacting it in a negative way. An example of this in the play Oedipus would be when the messenger came to Oedipus to tell him about the ‘good’ news about his ‘mother’ whom turned out not to be his mother. This situation led to a reversal of situation in which by the end of it, Oedipus says, “Enough, Enough! It’s clear to me at last! […] Oh Zeus, can I ever look on light of day again?” (Sophocles 44) Oedipus displays his anguish from the turn of events, indicating a reversal of situation as mentioned by Aristotle. Another topic Aristotle introduced was the scene of suffering. As told by Aristotle, a scene of suffering is, “a destructive or painful action, such as death on the stage, bodily agony, wounds and the like….” (Aristotle 199) This, too, is apparent in the play Oedipus in scene five while the Servant is describing the events that unfolded within the palace after the reversal of situation in scene four. The Servant describes, “There were some golden pins fastening her dress at the shoulder: the Kind snatched them, and stabbed them furiously into his own eyes, with all his strength shouting: ‘I’ve seen enough! I’ll never look on her again! Darkness! […]’” (Sophocles 46) As Aristotle described, Oedipus appears to be taking part in a

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