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Oedipus Rex is a Tragedy Many things can describe a tragedy However according to definition of a tragedy by Aristotle there are only five The play has to have a tragic hero preferably of noble stature Second the tragic hero must have a tragic flaw Because of that flaw the hero falls from either power or death Due to the fall the tragic hero discovers something Finally there must be catharsis in the minds of the audience Oedipus Rex qualifies as a tragedy It fits all the characteristics as defined by Aristotle The tragic hero of a play is a man of some social standing and personal reputation but sufficiently like ourselves in terms of his weaknesses that we feel fear and pity when a tragic flaw rather than an associate causes his downfall Oedipus is the tragic hero in this play for many reasons Even though he does not know it he fulfills the oracles prophecy by killing his father Laius and then sleeping with his mother Jocasta His father was just a tragic mistake Oedipus thought that the person he killed was just a random person that was harassing him Oedipus definitely has a tragic flaw it is his quickness to take a position and stubborn adherence in spite of personal hazard Oedipus makes decisions publicly for all to hear making reconsideration difficult for a proud person such as himself When Creon returns with information from the oracle concerning the ills of Thebes and wishes to tell Oedipus privately as we learn later that it could be bad news for Oedipus Oedipus tells Creon Let them all hear it It is for them I suffer more than for myself This was the first time that Oedipus is confronted with the idea that he might have fulfilled the prophecy He is the one that is named as the killer of Laius Oedipus directs any inhabitant of Thebes that know of any facts of Laius
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