Oedipus Rex Tragic Hero

  • Is Oedipus Rex Tragic Hero ?
  • What causes bring about his tragedy ?
  • Oedipus Rex is an ideal tragic Hero.( Discuss)

No doubt Oedipus Rex is confirmed tragic hero. Aristotle’s point of view according to poetics, there are requirements at under below

A tragic Hero has good status in society ;he must be belong to royal family,he must be good not perfect at all ,he prefers to goodness not evil he has error of judgement, he has hubris, excessive pride,he has element of hamartia, he must be good by nature,he must be suffer from prosperity to adversity.He should be king; prince,not common man.

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When we study the character of Oedipus Rex then we find all type of elements that or above mentioned. Oedipus belongs to a royal family he opens his eyes in King’s family after reaches at Thebes he  gets marriage with “QUEEN JOCASTA” and becomes once again king, a king of people at all. No doubt about it Oedipus by nature is a good friend, good husband as well as superior king who cares people as a family. In the sense of husband he proves to be very kind gentle and good husband in every step of life.

Now we discuss about his social life there is now, imbugity that he is social worker for people  without any person benefits he is a man who loves virtue and hates  evil.  He is very democratic as well as political leader who knows the feelings of the people before requesting them even though he sends Creon to Delphic for the reason of plague that is the case here and the reason people comes to close his palace for his problem.

But it does not mean he is perfect and computerize man he also has error of judgement excessive Pride, rashness.etc. He has hubris in himself without knowing it . He has hot temperament, he makes decisions in very hasty manners. His feeling of pride as well as know to everything bring his  destruction.

It is a major question why Oedipus makes tragic hero having been an intellectual mind and honesty in himself ,so answer is simple and very comprehensive there are so many elements that make him tragic one. First of all an Oracle declares that he would kill his father with his own hands as well as get marry with his mother these Oracles play an important part in Oedipus life because he wants to save himself like that prophecies that are given by god but when we come to close ,we see that he uses free will for his action ;why he gets married to older lady who is older than him why he loses his temperament when his encounter takes place between King Louis and he.

Error of judgement is soul of any tragedy without it , there is no conception of tragedy. it is error of judgement of Oedipus that brings about his tragic flaw .He has errors in himself that he wants to know everything because, in past he got rid of sphinx, in giving trial of that sphinx, after it , he starts to nourish false hopes in himself, he can do everything with his left hand, he starts to consider to superior to others .His error of judgement at least is not ended here, he  not only insults to Creon but also insults old man, he humiliates old man and makes a fun of him, he becomes doubtful about Creon’s loyalty who is too loyal for him. it is his hot temperament, self confidence that brings about his downfall. His excessive pride plays a vital role in his tragic flaw he is too proudly on his intellectual mind ,his cleverness and his extra smartness etc. His feeling of pride brings tragedy in his life there are so many places that where every person wants to stop him about Discovery but he proves to be stubborn in every case. First of all, Tiresias prevents him do not know about the discovery of king Louis because it is shameful to you other places Queen Jocasta wants to stop him when she realizes actual facts at all .But he jumps into go ahead for the sake of knowing everything.A shepherd at the end comes and it is he who also wants to  hide everything but King’s pride-to-be on peak that is why he meets his tragic end.

If will look upon his tragedy one thing is seen very easily and that is fate we can’t ignore the power of it it is fate that ruins the life of Oedipus .Fate plays a role as an agent of god that place , he does sins  in unconscious not in consciously question is that why would Oedipus punished having been innocent ?So ,answer comes to over mind it will of God and Goddesses and we know that our fate is made by god it becomes clear that fate makes him tragic hero.A far as Oedipus tragic hero is concerned it is very clear even though a common man can understand his tragedy ;it does not mean he is so easy that when we feel him in hands of fate and free will we become little bit confuse both element bring about his tragedy .

As we know that a tragic hero must pass through prosperity to adversity , if he passes through adversity to prosperity then there is no tragedy or tragic hero because that hero gets prosperity in his life and we will not get any pity and fear on him .And the element of pity and fear may loss its importance and it will be considered a happy ending.

One thing ,we must clear , that is, when we see a thing exchanges into new thing it does take new shape , it is scientific theory ,like that Oedipus when reveals himself as a democratic   he is respected everywhere but when he exchanges into Dictator and authoritative then he meets his tragic flaw. It is said that over confidence never be board up with at any cost, Oedipus comes into state of overconfidence he can do everything that is why he meets his tragic end.

At least but not lost we can say that Oedipus Rex is confirmed tragic hero in the sense of Aristotle’s point of views because he fills full all the requirements that are given by Aristotle in” Poetics’.

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