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Oedipus Sophecles Tragic Hero A perfect tragedy should imitate actions which excite pity and fear and through pity and fear effect the proper purgation of the emotions Aristotle Poetics Oedipus Rex by Sophecles is a true tragedy and the character of Oedipus is the archetype of the tragic hero Moral corruption and depravity did not bring upon Oedipus misfortune He is then pitied as a tragic character because he had no control over his future and misfortune Oedipus was highly prosperous and renowned making his collapse even more tragic Sophecles drama fills the reader with horror and causes them to empathize with the pitiful and tragic hero Oedipus Rex is the epitome of dramatic tragedy and Oedipus is the archetype of the tragic hero In Oedipus Rex Oedipus does nothing to deserve the horrors he must face He has no knowledge that he killed his father and married his mother He is introduced as a moral and good person who leaves behind his beloved parents or who he believes to be his parents in order to spare their lives from his prophecy His misfortune is brought about not by vice or depravity Aristotle Poetics Oedipus was not morally corrupt therefore is a tragic hero He did nothing to deserve his misfortunate fate and that is the real tragedy Sophecles states in Poetics that a tragic hero should be one who is highly renowned and prosperous Oedipus was not only known to all as the King of Thebes but as the savior of the city from the evil Sphinx The priest states in the opening of the play Oedipus Greatest in all mens eyes Noblest of men This land of ours calls you its savior Because he was the great and noble King Oedipus his demise is that much more tragic The reader feels both fear and pity for Oedipus making Oedipus Rex a perfect tragedy The story of Oedipus Rex is constructed
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