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Oedipus is a play written by Sophocles that many have heard Few however would not be surprised to discover what Oedipus has discovered at the end of the play that our tragic hero has killed his own father only to marry his mother Many ask how this play could be a tragedy What is the definition of tragedyAristotles The Poetics is a work in which he tried to define what tragedy was Aristotle decided that the hero or at least the main character in a tragedy must be centrally good but must bring about himself his demise due to a fatal flaw known as hamartia The character must show traits of nobleness Were the character not noble the audience would not care about the person and would not notice his fall In all classical literature this rule hold true but in modern literature playwrights have proven that and audience can care less about productive heroes All heroes of tragedies were noble and tried to do good but failed themselvesOedipus was a good man He solved the problem with the Sphinx which is how he became king of Thebes in the first place Oedipus was a religious and god-fearing man believing in oracles and acting on them Oedipus understood his people very well to the extent that when he was that he ought to consul the oracle to figure out Apollos wishes by the people He is very ironic because he does not understand himself or realize anything that should seem plain and simple to him Oedipus is very decisive he sorts things out quickly and effectively without much troubleAs well as understanding his people he cared deeply for then He once saidI grieve for these my people far more than I fear for my own life-line 105The irony of these words are very evident because Oedipus is determined to find the killer of the late King Laius even if the tables turn on him
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