Oedipus Hero Analysis

"Children, young sons and daughters of old Cadmus, why do you sit here with your suppliant crowns?", Oedipus asks his people unknowing that the answer given would set off a series of ill-fated events for the inquirer himself. The people of Thebes ask Oedipus to find a way to end the blight plaguing their city. In search for an end to this madness a prophecy is revealed that in order for the plague to end a man must be cast out of Thebes. A man who killed his father became husband to his mother and father to his brothers and sisters. Oedipus Rex by Sophocles describes the unfortunate fate of Oedipus finding out that his presence is the source of the blight plaguing the city he once became King to by solving a riddle. Oedipus does fit the Aristotelian…show more content…
In the beginning of the play when the Priest is asking for the help he says, “You came and by your coming saved our city, freed us from the tribute which we paid of old to the Sphinx, cruel singer.” The “you” the Priest is referring to is Oedipus. From this line the reader will begin to revere Oedipus and his abilities. By solving the riddle of the Sphinx Oedipus was thrust into nobility thus fulfilling another quality of the Aristotelian tragic hero. The reader from the start of the play is aware of Oedipus’s elevated status as multiple characters refer to him as, “ruler of my country” “king, you yourself”and “noblest of men.” Oedipus’s status as king enables him to be the best candidate for the people of Thebes to seek help from. He saved the city once so he is liable to save it again. The priest’s words prove that he aware of this when he says, “For now this land of ours calls you its savior since you saved it once. So, let us never speak about your reign as of a time when first our feet were set secure on high, but later fell to ruin.” The use of personification of the land makes the reader aware of the gratitude felt by the city, and the hope for a more prosperous future with Oedipus’s aid. The call for aid from the people of Thebes sets the stage of another Aristotelian quality within Oedipus to be revealed. Oedipus, himself, sets the stage to discover why a plague is upon the city of…show more content…
Oedipus insults Tiresias by saying, “you are blind in mind and ears as well as in your eyes.” Then later Oedipus gauged, “his own eyeballs, shrieking out such things as: they will never see the crime I have committed or had done upon me!” How verbally ironic that the person with the most knowledge was blind and after obtaining knowledge Oedipus blinds himself. How tragic of events that by his own doing Oedipus reveals his misfortune. It was also verbally ironic when Oedipus says, “Upon the murderer I invoke this curse—whether he is one man and all unknown ,or one of many—may he wear out his life in misery to miserable doom!” He curses the murderer who turns out to be himself. So essentially he is unknowing cursing himself a “misery to miserable doom.” It is also verbally ironic that Oedipus left his adopted parents to avoid the prophecy only to go to the city where his true parents are. These ironic instances reveal to the reader Oedipus’s error in judgment. The error of judgment with the identity of his parents triggers Oedipus actions at the crossroads thus fulfilling the prophecy. These errors in judgment also reveal to the reader of Oedipus’s witlessness and innate blindness to his life, actions, and his parents. In the end though Oedipus was intelligent enough to realize how his misfortune came about and that the result of his incest is what is

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