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Oedipus Rex by Sophocles is the definition of Greek tragedy All elements of Greek tragedy can be found in Oedipus Rex The main character Oedipus King of Thebes is a male of noble birth with noble characteristics He is brave You saved us from the Sphinx 38-39 he is loyal You shall see how I stand by youto avenge the city and the citys god 137-138 and he is caring But my spirit groans for the city for myself and for you 65-66 He is on a quest for justice He wants to bring out the truth behind Kind Laos death and punish the culprits accordingly He must do this in order to save his kingdom from the plague and pestilence that is devouring it He is fair because he tells his people that if you do have the murder in your home you will not come to any harm as long as you kick him out and dont give him any help He has errors in his judgment As soon as he finds out that the gods have prophesied that he will kill his father marry his mother and have children with her he leaves his home so that he wont be able to fulfill the prophesy At a feast a drunken mancries out that I am not my fathers son 260-261 little did he know that the drunken man actually spoke the truth and the prophesy would still come true However there is a paradox through his judgment error it defines his caring The audience feels a catharsis at the end of the play They are purged of their fear for the people of Thebes because the plague and pestilence have been lifted They are also purged of their pity for Oedipus Instead of pitying him they admire him for doing the right thing even though it wasnt in his best interests All of the elements of a Greek tragedy noble birth quest
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