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The two tragedies that I am going to compare are Oedipus Rex andJulius Caesar Now we have to decide which play is a better tragedy basedon Aristotles definition of tragedy While both plays are good tragediesOedipus Rex is the better tragedy based on Aristotles criteria Hisdefinition of a tragedy is an imitation of actions which is plotcharacter reasoning diction and lyric poetry and spectacle The playwill also need a complete beginning middle and end It will also need atragic hero The Tragic hero in Oedipus Rex is evidently Oedipus Rex and thetragic hero in Julius Caesar is Brutus By Aristotles definition to be atragic hero one would have to have a high social standing a change infortune They would have to be basically good but not perfect and theywould need a tragic flaw They both fit these criteria Oedipus Rex was aking while Brutus was a noble and honored Roman They made their decisionsbased on what they felt was the right thing to do Oedipus Rexs flaw isthat he was a little arrogant and stubborn Brutuss flaw is that he was alittle too patriotic The difference is that Brutus dies so he does nothave to live with his guilt and mistakes Oedipus Rex loses everything hehas and blinds and curses himself He also is banished and has to live withhis guilt forever without his family and all that he loved He is also adisgrace where ever he goes That to me is really harsh and makes me feelpity for him Brutus just dies and his guilt and sorrow ends there OedipusRexs tragedy is worse than Brutuss making him the better tragic hero Both of these men had high social standing in the beginning of thestory Oedipus Rex was a king happily married with kids He was the kingof Thebes who was loved by his people He had everything he
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