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How is Oedipus a Tragic Hero?
Transcript of How is Oedipus a Tragic Hero?
What is a Tragic Hero?
He claims to have no desire for kingship.
He has the opportunity to grasp power.
Never has sympathy in thye way Oedipus does, because he is bossy about his own authority.
Like a tragic hero, Oedipus fell from great esteem.
At the beginning, he was a king and hero to the people of Thebes.
"I am ready to help, I'll do anything."
One main thing that stood up the most as Oedipus being a tragic hero is that...
How is Oedipus a Tragic Hero?
Realizes he made an irreversable mistake
Symbol: The Swollen Ankles
What ends up happenning to him? Despite the tragic hero quality?
Created by: Peoneemoull Pech
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Oedipus's wife and mother, and Creon's sister.
She had solve the riddle of Oedipus's identity before he does.
The blind soothsayer of thebes.
Both Creon and Oedipus don't believe what he says
but trust him deeply.
Oedipus is a tragic hero because he has several traits that happens to be a tragic hero.
Oedipus has many tragic hero qualities that I find best describe him such as...
Being born with with nobility.
Having fear and empathy.
Realizing he had make a irreversable mistake.
"I sent Creon... to learn what I might do or say to save our city."
" I have what it takes to solve the riddle."
Quotes of Fear and Empathy
"I pity you but I can't bear to look."
"Let me die there, where they tried to kill me."
"You are about to see a sight; a horror even his mortal enemy would pity."
"I stand revealed at last- cursed in my birth, cursed in marriage..."
"Prive me out of the land at once, far away from sight, where I can never hear a human voice."
"You will see no more the pain I suffered, all I caused!"
An ideal example of a tragic hero for...
Causing his own downfall.
Having fallen from his estate.
Having a punishment that tells he made a mistake which is the quality.
Jocasta says that Laius was slain at a place where three roads meet.
A crossroads where a choice has to be made, so this crossroads usually symbolize moments where decisions will have important consequences.
The crossroads symbolizes fate and the awesome power of prophecy rather than freedom and choice.
Oedipus has now made himself blind, as well as telling everyone that he made an irreversable mistake.
Banished himself and become a begger wondering around the city. (Homeless pretty much).
A character who makes judgement that leads to his/her own destruction.
These people tend to have flaws that makes the audience see themselves.
You're A HERO!
One set of prophecies has to do with Theban King Oedipus' life.
According to these prophecies, Oedipus will kill his own father and marry his own mother.
Another set of prophecies has to do with Oedipus' downfall and death.
Oedipus had become blind and end up being driven into exile.
Messanger From Cornith
Tells Oedipus that his father, Polybus, is dead, and that the people of Corinth wish Oedipus to be their new king.
He provides clue of dramatic irony that suggests that Teiresias' words (and those of the Oracle) are true - long before Oedipus discovers their truth.
Was given to him because of a childhood ankle injury-are clues to his own identity that Oedipus fails to notice.
As such, his ankles become symbols of his fate.