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Oedipus The Tragic Hero Based on the reading of Aristotles On Tragic Character it is clear that the Greeks view the protagonist of Sophocles play Oedipus the King as a hero How does Oedipus himself meet the terms of Aristotles requirements for a hero When analyzing Oedipuss character the reader gets a sense of compassion and that he believes in doing the right thing Oedipuss intentions and morals are good His emotions his thoughts even his errors have a dedicated loyalty Aristotle says a hero reveals in his speech or in action what his moral choices are and a good character will be one whose choices are good Oedipus shows compassion in his choices through out the story For example when he heard of the prophecy that he would one day kill his father and marry his mother he takes his fate into his own hands and runs away He believed that if he stay away from his parents the prophecy would not come true He demonstrates his compassion and good choice in morals by running away and putting his parents needs above his own Another example of his good morals is when he hears of the death of the previous king Laius of Thebes before him He then decides to take action and find the murders and sentence them to death Although Oedipus had good intentions his action became the opposite of his anticipated effect because he attempted to change his fate Eventually all his good deeds later became tragic For example when Oedipus tried to avoid the prophecy the exact opposite happen the prophecy had come true while he was trying to avoid it He did eventually marry his real mother and murder his real father without knowing Oedipus used good moral choices but had a tragic ending Another example of Oedipus good deeds turning tragic was when he finds out that he himself killed Laius the previous king of
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