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The True Tragic Hero In Sophocles play Oedipus Rex every reader is riding a roller coaster of his life Aristotles definition of a tragic hero is one person who goes through five stages which in Sophocles play the main character Oedipus does The five stages that he goes through are pre-eminence flaw fall gaining of insight and rise Pre-eminent is one who surpasses all the others or should be looked up to Oedipus at the beginning of the play starts of with the priest saying O Great Oedipus O powerful King of Thebes1223 Right from the start he is being praised to as a god would be praised The priest continues to say Therefore O mighty King we turn to you Find us our safety find us a remedy Whether by counsel of the gods or the men1224 The people of Thebes looks to Oedipus to lead protect and keep them healthy to the best of his ability Then the flaw stage where he shows a blemish weakness or imperfection This is the stage that Oedipus dives right into a the beginning when he first addresses the people of Thebes I Oedipus who bear the famous name Tell me and never doubt tat I will help you In every way I can I should be heartless1223 Oedipus is ignorant to his own big head blowing up higher and higher Is this your prayer It may be answered Come Listen to me act as the crisis demands And you shall have relief from all these evils1228 He is believing that the people are praying to him forget the gods he is the one that is to be prayed too The third and most interesting stage the downfall of the hero The loss of Oedipus power prosperity mind and status When Oedipus finds the truth he says It was true All the propheciesI Oedipus damned in birth in his marriage damned Damned in the blood he
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