Tragic Hero

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September 5, 2010

Tragic Hero

Usually when reading, tragedy and conflict is the most popular way to catch the readers eye. People are attracted to the suffering of the main character who is most of the time the hero in Greek plays. To begin with, the audience develops an emotional attachment to the hero, people fear what may occur to the hero and end up feeling sorry for him or her.

In the Theban Plays the author Sophocles uses the character of Oedipus to demonstrate the qualities of a tragic hero.

The story begins with a noble and virtuous Oedipus. He is next in thrown since he is son of former king Lauis. During his ruling, Oedipus ruled with such manner that took Thebes to the top. In the book he is described as the type of king who would die for his city, which shows his virtuous side.

Every tragic hero has their flaw, Oedipus’s harmatia lies within the dark deep of his soul. As Oedipus arrives at Thebes He lacks knowledge of his identity, as consequence he killed his father and married his mother.

As the fallen hero realizes what he has done he blinds himself causing the audience to feel pity towards the character. He is living in darkness figuratively and literally. Sophocles expresses Oedipus actions as a way to intensify his pain as in self punishment. The fallen hero’s actions evoke the audience’s pity.

Upon finishing the play, the audience has emotionally attached to Oedipus, the tragic hero of the Theban Plays, who chosen by Sophocles, the author, to demonstrate the qualities of a tragic hero.
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