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Fate And The Hero In Oedipus Rex

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In the play Oedipus Rex by Sophocles, Oedipus is a classic tragic hero. Oedipus is a tragic hero for the reason that he is a king whose life falls apart when he finds out his life story. The question asked in relation to Oedipus is whether he was a victim of fate or of his own actions, it perhaps is seen that it was his destiny to undergo the torment and affliction. Oedipus was conscious of the fact that he alone was accountable for his actions and decisions. His unpredictable and explosive temper was one reason that contributed to his ruin and devastation. As a hero Oedipus was just trying to affirm his rights and was trying to guard and preserve his honor, when he swerve ...view middle of the document...

He questioned his fate after blinding himself:God. God.Is there a sorrow greater?Where shall I find harbor in this world?My voice is hurled far on a dark wind.What has God done to me? (Sophocles 831)The chorus sings Oedipus's fate after he rushes into the palace:Child by Laius doomed to die,Then doomed to lose that fortunate little death,Would God you never took breath in this airThat with my wailing lips I take to cry:For I weep the world's outcast. (Sophocles 829) If we give ourselves up to a full compassion and empathy with the hero there is no question that the Oedipus Rex accomplish the function of a disaster and calamity and provoke trepidation and pity in the highest degree. When we examine the character of Oedipus, we find out that, in spite of natural enormity of character in one vital respect he is the exact reverse of Aristotle's ideal man. He has no obvious image which allows him to look at every side of a matter and also to see all things in due viewpoint and also neither he had the calm astuteness which is for all time was the master of his obsession.In the book Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, and Drama by X. J. Kennedy and Dana Gioia drama casebooks by Sophocles has been included, this book basically reflects a balance of classic works along with contemporary and non-Western authors. Writer's Perspectives sections give comments on the skill of writing and...

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