The reason that Aristotle admired Oedipus the King so much is that the protagonist's downfall is caused by his own actions. Throughout the story of Oedipus the king, Sophocles developed the story by building up the… tragic hero? Each of these events, when isolated, may be excused as a simple mistake. His crimes of patricide and incest although done through ignorance and contrary to his nobility. His hubris leads him to defy the prophecy of gods, but he ends up doing what he feared the most. Sure, Oedipus has some flaws. Creon's Selfish Pride Creon's hamartia stems from his new role in power and his stubborn mindset.
He falls back upon that same strength when he takes on the responsibility of tracking down the guilty in the murder of his royal predecessor, King Laius. For a play to be considered a tragedy, it must have a tragic hero. Realizing the Truth At the beginning of the play, when Oedipus learns why his people are suffering from the plague, he steps up to save Thebes. Oedipus tends to deem himself as a god throughout the story which plays a big role in interaction with people around him Oedipus is to Blame in Oedipus the King In the story of Oedipus the King, Sophocles portrays the main character, Oedipus, as a good natured person that has bad judgment and frailty. Hubris inevitably comes up almost every time you talk about a piece of ancient Greek literature.
This tragedy is compounded by the fact that Oedipus is warned by many to avoid the path he is convinced he should take. After Teiresias has first refused to tell him anything and then uttered some frightening prophecies. Theory 4: We've got hamartia all wrong Though hamartia is often defined as a tragic flaw, it actually has a much broader meaning. There's no denying that Oedipus is a proud man. His reversal of fortune is caused by his actions, which are in a sense blasphemous. The plague taunts the city destroying crops and livestock and making the women unable to bear children. Oedipus is further noble because he is the son of King Laius and Queen Jocasta of Thebes.
It was a patriarchal society which has been ruled by an Aristocratic system for hundreds of years that centred their ideals and beliefs not on individualism, but utterly the power of the gods. Oedipus Rex is a tragedy due to the content the Sophocles, the playwright, decided to include, first, murdering his father, king Laius, then marrying his mother, Jocasta, and ending by blinding himself. This type of a tragic hero often collectively described as a character of noble birth, facing an adversity of some nature and a fate of great suffering. Tiresias is responsible for further developing the theme of blindness, by using his own physical blindness to reveal to Oedipus his mental blindness. Some say that all this talk of tragic flaws was later scholars trying to impress a Christian worldview onto a pagan literature. The tragedy of Oedipus is his pride in his nobility and ability to a certain extent, had he not tried to avoid the divine oracle, he would have remained in Corinth and the oracle may never have been fulfilled. In short both as a man and as a king Oedipus is worthy of high respect.
Of course, he's got pretty good reason to be. Does he have total control of his future, or is there a higher being at work that takes human lives into their own hands. Years later Laius is murdered Oedipus the King, a Classic Tragedy Aristotle, in his work The Poetics, tries to delineate the idea of a tragedy. Hamartia is a fatal trait that brings about the downfall of a hero or heroine, a trait that the reader can relate to. But at the same time, he is inconsistent in following proper procedure for the murder investigation that condemns him and yet neglecting mandatory cleansing rituals after his crimes and Laius' death. While Oedipus went to see the sphinx, he murdered Laius because Laius would not give him the right of way.
When he finally revealed that his strength was due to his long hair, Delilah's servant shaves his hair and his strength is taken away from him. Unknowingly, he manages to fulfill half of the prophecy that he was trying to flee while defending himself from his attackers. At the very core of tragedy lies an uncertainty over the cause of the tragic predicament. A third trait defined by Aristotle is that a tragic hero must have a period of recognition of his crimes. But there is no strong link between his pride and the actual committing of his sins because the sins would have been committed in any case, if the oracle was to be fulfilled. There is no escaping this fact. The reason for this date is the friendship between Trojan hero Aeneas and Dido of Carthage, an actual, real-life historical person from around 800 B.
Sophocles's tragedy represents a monumental theatrical and interpretative challenge. Within the text, he uses the concept in accordance to its definition as an act that causes harm or injury as a result of misadventure or culpable error. For Aristotle, it is necessary for an individual to live a virtuous life in order to build his character and hence actualize his potentialities as an individual. Oedipus makes a few bad decisions and is condemned to profound suffering because of his pride. Oedipus, the protagonist of the play uncovers his tragic birth story and the curse he had been baring his whole life. Oedipus the King attains all of these qualities of tragedy, as well as Hamlet written 2000 years later.
When the reader first meets Oedipus, he can seen as very ignorant. That Theban King Oedipus is ignorant of his true parentage is at the root of all of the injuries to himself and to others. If he had been a little more careful, things would have taken a different shape. So what are all these papers about? Of course, Oedipus has a pretty good case for self defense. His need for power blocked out what should truly matter--family and the happiness of those around him. Notice too, that anger in no way causes Oedipus to sleep with Jocasta.