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Aristotle the last man to know everything had insights into the art of writing tragedies He wrote out a list of characteristics that a play must have to be considered a tragedy The story of Oedipus Rex has all of those characteristics and would be considered by Aristorle himself to be a tragedy The first of Aristotles requirements said The tragic hero is a man of noble stature He has a greatness about him Oedipus the hero in Oedipus Rex was the king of Thebes and saved the city-state from the sphinx by answering its complicating riddle The nobility of Oedipus never seems to be a question to any of the people throughout the story Not only did he become the king but he was actually the son of the king so he actually had nobility in his blood Aristotles second requirement was that the tragic hero must not be perfect by any means and may commit a crime fully in belief that he is doing it for good cause The hero then must be persecute for his actions because they are guilty despite any good intentions Oedipus killed his father Laios not knowing that he was his father of that he was the king Oedipus did not know of his crime He simply thought he was defending himself The third requirement said The heros downfall therefore is his own fault the result of his own free choice-- not the result of pure accident or someone elses villainy or some overriding malignant fate Oedipus killed his father in his own free will He was the lone person at fault The fourth requirement is that the heros punishment is not deserved totally The punishment is too severe for the crime committed Oedipus killed Laios but he saved Thebes and the citizens quickly forget all of that Oedipus did not deserve the levity of his punishment The fifth sixth requirements are that the tragic fall is not
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