Essay On Tragic Hero In Oedipus

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Oedipus qualifies as a tragic hero because of his characteristics and dramatic irony in the story. For a common trait for a tragic hero, Oedipus has suffered more than he deserves. Oedipus also understands his doom when he discovered his fate by his own action. Oedipus in lines 338-706, his anger and arrogance makes him think that Creon and Tiresias are conspiring to overthrow him because Tiresias would not tell him who his father murderer is. This also shows dramatic irony because of Tiresias is blind, but can see the truth. The characteristics at Oedipus words would work against by how line 340, Oedipus praises Tiresias, but with his arrogance, 40 lines later, he accuses him of treason. This will all connect when he finds out that he was the one who killed his father. Lines 1180-1190, Oedipus says “I count myself the son of chance, the great goddess, siver of all good things- I’ll never see myself disgraced”( Oedipus, 41-42) when he finds out the truth and accepted his fate. For what he has done and his anger and suffering, he has accepted his doom so he gouged out his own…show more content…
As a powerful secondary character, Jocasta, Oedipus’ wife and mother and Creon’s sister attempts to make peace between Oedipus and Creon. Jocasta does this by being a mother and a wife to Oedipus. As a wife, Jocasta tries to comfort her husband and in lines 707-725, “Then thou mayest ease...reveal”(Oedipus,25), she urges Oedipus to deny Tiresias prophecies as false to make peace with Creon. As a mother, she solves the riddle of Oedipus’s identity before Oedipus, and shows her love for her son and tries to protect him from this knowledge. In lines 1068-1073, “Ah mayst thou...evermore”(Oedipus,37), she is aware this knowledge will hurt Oedipus so she urges him to stop seeking his true identity. Jocasta in Oedipus plays two roles in Oedipus Rex and tries to protect Oedipus and her overall character development is to make
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