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Aristotles definition of tragedy entails the protagonist usually of high ranking in society losing his power and happiness Tragedy in this play occurs when the protagonist Oedipus falls from his pedestal into murder and incest because of the inevitable fate the gods have cursed upon him from birth Oedipus not only possesses a tragic fate but also has a tragic flaw pride This tragic flaw eventually makes the impact of him falling from his throne to the hands of fate much more profound Oedipus held himself in very high regard We see his pride shown through out the story but specifically when he was speaking to Teiresias When the hellcat the Sphinx was performing hereHer magic was not for the first man who came along It demanded a real exorcist But I came byAnd this is the man you think you can destroy Sophocles p1265 Oedipus creates an image of himself to himself and the audience that is infallible and untouchable This makes him vulnerable and his situation more tragic when he falls As a small child Oedipus was given away because of the prophecy that one day he would kill his father and marry his mother He found a home in Corinth where grew up thinking the king and queen of Corinth were his parents When he caught wind of the prophecy as young man he fled Corinth and wound up in Thebes where he would become king and marry the queen He conquered the Sphinx and earned the respect of the citizens He took a lot of pride in his ability to rule and be a great man Oedipus did not know that the Oracles prophecy and his pride would bring down from the ranks of greatness He could not escape it it was his fate Taking a deeper look into Aristotles definition of a tragedy we learn that a tragedy must show the protagonist falling from good fortune to misfortune How
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