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Is Oedipus The True Tragic Hero Aristotle described tragedy in his poetics as a man not preeminently virtuous and just whose misfortune however is brought upon him not by vice or depravity but by some error in judgment the change in the heros fortune must not be from misery to happiness but on the contrary from happiness to misery He went on further to describe Sophocless Oedipus Rex as the best tragedy ever written as it illustrates perfectly the goodness and superiority of the character his tragic flaw that will ultimately lead to the downfall of Oedipus the characters tragic realization in which Oedipus is able to realize that he has helped to bring about his own destruction and the absence of free will in his life As a ruler Oedipus is considered by his people very just compassionate and sympathetic When the priests of Thebes come to him pleading for help on behalf of the people of Thebes who were suffering from death and famine Oedipus immediately agrees and promises them that he would do his best in solving the problems saying Whether you come in dread or crave some blessing tell me and never doubt that I will help you in every way I can I should be heartless pg 1384 lines12-14 After hearing about the prophesy from the oracle he refuses to accept his fate of murdering the king and marrying the queen of Corinth who he believed to be his parents and immediately leaves the city Although Oedipus truly is a good person he is unable to overcome his fatal flaw which is that of stubbornness impulsiveness and most of all grandiosity Though he has never harmed a man in his past he is unable to rise above his flaws on his journey to Thebes when he is ordered off the road by the leader of a carriage In a fit of rage Oedipus kills the entire entourage including the man
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