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According to Aristotle Oedipus from the play Oedipus Rex by Sophocles is the ideal model of a classic tragic hero A tragic hero is unable to escape his misfortune of destruction and downfall that is destined to happen As seen no one can outrun his or her own fate Looking at Aristotles definition of a tragic hero Oedipus is a hero because he causes his own downfall because of his blindness and anger his life falls apart when he finds out his life story Oedipuss fate is not deservedThe play Oedipus Rex is seen as a tragedy In the century after Sophocles the philosopher Aristotle analyzed tragedy and included it in his book called Poetics His definition Tragedy then is a process of imitating an action which has serious implication to complete and possesses magnitude by means of language which has been made seriously attractive with each of its varieties found separately in parts enacted by the persons themselves and not presented through narrative through a course of pity and fear completing the purification of tragic emotional characteristics Else 25 Basically translated a tragedy is a play that portrays a conflict between human beings and some overwhelming force it ends sorrowfully and disastrously and this outcome seems inevitable To Aristotle Oedipus is an excellent subject for tragedy because he is preeminently great and glorious without being preeminently just and virtuous and just because he falls through a fault but not a criminal fault Ferguson 195 In a tragedy the main character is viewed as a tragic hero The Greek hero is strong and mighty while his wit and intelligence are highly valued A Greek hero follows his fate making serious mistakes and having a fairly simple life Using Oedipus as an ideal model Aristotle says that a tragic hero must be an important or influential man who makes an error in judgement and who must then suffer the consequences of his actions The consequences of
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