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In the play Oedipus Rex by Sophocles Oedipus is a classic tragic hero According to Aristotles definition Oedipus is a tragic hero because he is a king whose life falls apart when he finds out his life story There are a number of characteristics described by Aristotle that identify a tragic hero For example a tragic hero must cause his own downfall his fate is not deserved and his punishment exceeds the crime he also must be of noble stature and have greatness Oedipus is in love with his idealized self but neither the grandiose nor the depressive Narcissus can really love himself Miller 67 All of the above characteristics make Oedipus a tragic hero according to Aristotles ideas about tragedy and a narcissist Using Oedipus as an ideal model Aristotle says that a tragic hero must be an important or influential man who makes an error in judgment and who must then suffer the consequences of his actions Those actions are seen when Oedipus forces Teiresias to reveal his destiny and his fathers name When Teiresias tries to warn him by saying I say that you and your most dearly loved are wrapped together in a hideous sin blind to the horror of it Sophocles 428 Oedipus still does not care and proceeds with his questioning as if he did not understand what Teiresias was talking about The tragic hero must learn a lesson from his errors in judgment and become an example to the audience of what happens when great men fall from their lofty social or political positions According to Miller a person who is great who is admired everywhere and needs this admiration to survive has one of the extreme forms of narcissism which is
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