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English Comp 2 Saturday August 22003 The Events That Make Oedipus the King A Tragedy A tragedy is a drama that presents a hero with a powerful force that he must overcome The tragic hero must be someone of importance who in the beginning is happy and utterly miserable by the end The powerful force that effects the hero is often linked to the community he lives in causing great turmoil for everyone Often times the hero will suffer from hamartia which is an internal weakness of the character that eventually leads to their down fall It is not uncommon for a hero to have more than one flaw Usually an ironic change of events will occur causing a reversal in circumstances and recognition of fact by the hero Oedipus the King by Sophocles is an excellent example of a tragedy The story of Oedipus posses a hero powerful forces irony hamartia reversal and recognition all the criteria for a tragic drama The story of Oedipus begins outside the royal house of Thebes The city is being plagued with death and sickness Oedipus the king of Thebes tries to calm his people as he awaits the return of Creon who has been sent to consult with the oracle at Delphi Creon returns He exclaims Apollos commands Draw the corruption from the landroot it out and Pay back the killer-whoever is responsible 1292-3 Creon explains to Oedipus the story that was brought back to Thebes by a shepherd whom witnessed the brutal murder of Laius Upon hearing this Oedipus swears to hunt down the murderer and avenge the prior kings death so that Thebes may be saved In order to gain insight into this murder an old soothsayer is called upon Tiresias a blind man cursed by the gods to always tell the truth and never be believed enrages Oedipus when he refuses to discuss the issue declaring his king should not question such
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