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The play Oedipus Rex by Sophocles may be viewed as a Greek tragic drama as it involves the downfall of a tragic hero in this case Oedipus This play contains all the hallmarks of a Greek drama by engaging the audience and relating them to the characters It involves the overbearing hubris and hamartia cleansing of the catharsis and dramatic irony The contrast of the protagonist at the beginning and end of the play show a downfall and the poetic words of the chorus provide a commentary of the action The play contains all the key features of a tragedy with a tragic hero of noble birth a tragic flaw a fall from grace a moment of remorse and catharsis Oedipus like all tragic heroes is an honourable King whose is looked up to by subjects and people alike However he has a tragic flaw which leads to his downfall In this play it could be argued that Oedipus hamartia is infact his arrogance and hubris Indeed he does say the world knows my fame and thinks he is above the knowledge of the blind seer His anger is another flaw He kills his father out of anger thereby fulfilling half of the prophecy and then asks what stopped you from tracking down the killer then and there His swiftness in part is his strength It aids him to become king but ironically it also causes his downfall along with his disbelief of the truth He disregards what the seer tells him without thinking and when it is very coincidental that Jocasta tells him of a prophecy similar to his he chooses to dismiss it out of fear of the truth It could also be argued that curiosity and persistence is part of his hamartia His threat to the shepherd Youre a dead man if I have to ask again along with the line I must see the truth at last is evidence
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