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Aristotle's Characteristics of a Tragic Hero

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  • Hamartia
  • Let's go digging up the truth!
  • Hubris
  • I shall be the one to deliver you from your troubles and bring you relief.
  • Peripeteia
  • The flaw that causes the hero's downfall: Throughout the story, Oedipus actively looks for clues regarding his past. After discovering the truth, Oedipus is emotionally torn and exiles himself.
  • Anaganorisis
  • You are the child of King Laius.
  • Excessive pride: In the beginning of part one, Oedipus is speaking to the people of how he will find the murderer of King Laius and put an end to the ongoing plague. He praises himself for being brave and smart, telling the people of his plans.
  • Nemesis
  • He shall kill his father and marry his mother.
  • A reversal of fortune: In the beginning of Oedipus Rex, Oedipus was revved up and eager to find the murderer of King Laius. Personally, his life was going great. But once he found out that he was the murderer and found Queen Jocasta, his mother and wife dead, he took her broaches and stabbed himself in the eyes to display his anguish.
  • Catharsis
  • The moment when the hero makes a critical discovery: Oedipus was told by the shepherd who delivered him to his adoptive parents that he was the one who performed the act of which he was trying to run away from: the murder of King Laius, his father.
  • A fate that cannot be avoided: It was foretold by prophecy that Oedipus will marry his mother and kill his father. The king and queen decided to get rid of him, only for Oedipus to come back in attempt to avoid the prophecy. In the end, the act was done and the prophecy was fulfilled.
  • The feeling of pity or fear the audience experiences after the hero's fall: Throughout the story, the ode's mirrored the emotions of Oedipus. So when he found out the truth about the murder of King Laius, those in the ode were maddened, appalled, and greatly saddened.
  • HE'S A MONSTER!!!!
  • Who can blame him for killing himself?
  • *sigh* If only he knew.
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