The Characteristics Of Mody: Oedipus Rex As A Greek Tragedy

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Many things can describe a tragedy. However, according to definition of a tragedy by Aristotle, there are only five. The play has to have a tragic hero, preferably of noble stature. Second, the tragic hero must have a tragic flaw. Because of that flaw, the hero falls from either power or death. Due to the fall, the tragic hero discovers something. Finally, there must be catharsis in the minds of the audience. It fits all the characteristics as defined by Aristotle. The tragic hero of a play is a man of some social standing and personal reputation, but sufficiently like ourselves in terms of his weaknesses that we feel fear and pity when a tragic flaw, rather than an associate, causes his downfall. The first criterion of a Greek tragedy is that the protagonist be a good person; doubly blessed with a good heart and noble intention. Sophocles reveals immediately at the start of the play that Oedipus is such a man. As is common in the Greek tragedy, Oedipus is also an aristocrat. Born of the King and Queen of Thebes he is of true nobility. Oedipus on the…show more content…
Oedipus Rex qualifies as a “perfect” tragedy. Yet, Aristotle’s definition of a tragedy is somewhat considerably shortsighted. “Tragedy, then, is a process of imitating an action which has serious implications, is complete, and possesses magnitude; by means of language which has been made sensuously attractive…”(AS.O.T). When one wonders about a tragedy one thinks Horrific Devestation, and mass death and many sad things, when in theory, in all a tragedy can be summed up as much as it being, an aristocrat with excessive pride, and that makes them have a tragic downfall and it makes the audience change emotions quickly. Oedipus Rex fits each category Aristotle established thousands of years ago, making it The greatest of the classic Greek

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