The Tragedy of Oedipus Rex

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Oedipus Rex essay paper Katia Blanco A-3 Sophocles play Oedipus Rex is a tragedy, because it contains a tragic hero. Oedipus Rex is the story of a King of Thebes who had a hereditary curse placed on him and was to suffer the tragic consequences of fate. That tragic hero is Oedipus the king of Thebes. He was important to society, had hamartia (arrogance), he later discovered himself, and had a downfall. These are the four things that Sophocles considers to be a tragic hero. What makes Oedipus Rex a Tragedy is all the drama going on in the play. King Oedipus tries to escape fate. He believed what the oracle said about him killing his father and marrying his mother one day. There was murder in the play. King Oedipus killed King Laius for running him off the road. Queen Jocasta committed suicide when she found out that the man she married (King Oedipus) was her son, the son whom she tried to kill. Oedipus’ tragic flaw is that he is arrogant. I say this because of what he had said and done in the play. Oedipus tries to run away from his fate. Oedipus hears from the oracle about the prophecy. He got worried that the prophecy might come true. So Oedipus decided to run away to the city of Thebes. He was thinking that he ran away from his problems but he ran directly into them. King Oedipus tries to find the killer and doesn’t want to listen to anyone. He is trying to lift the plague from the city of Thebes and the oracle told him to find the man who killed the past king (King Laius). Many people came to Oedipus to tell him like Teriseus who it was but Oedipus just wouldn’t listen. In the play, King Oedipus is the tragic hero. Oedipus is important to society because, when he first came to Thebes he lifted the awful plague caused by the phix by solving her riddle. He soon married the widow queen and became the King of Thebes. His hamartia is he is arrogant.
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