The Tragedy Of Oedipus The King Essay — страница 2

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the chain of events that leads to his persistent search for the truth and eventually ends at the knowledge of his sins and his downfall. The tragic end of the royal family ends in disarray, Jacosta is dead and Oedipus stabs his own eyes proclaiming that ? …no, dark though I am, yet know I thy voice full well… but the hand that struck the eyes was none save mine, wretched that I am! Why was I to see, when sight could show me nothing sweet?? (175). The main irony in this tragedy is that before when Oedipus had his vision he was blind to the knowledge of his past, but now that he is truly blind he has never seen things more clearly. Oedipus is able to learn the unholy acts in which he fathered incestuous children and killed his own father. Yet, he is able to learn from his

suffering and the suffering of others and take full responsibility of his choices and does not condemn the oracle prophecies as the reason he committed such acts. Finally, there are times Oedipus understands and believes the differences between right and wrong, yet he discovers that his good is often evil and that morality produces immoral results. Oedipus is driven by his resolve to determine who his actual birth parents are, but what he does not know is that by trying to simply find out the truth about his past he will open unwanted doors of the evil and wrong that he has done in his past and the actions that have resulted from those actions. Even his own wife tells him to stop, as she realizes the answers to his questions would lead to disaster. Jocasta is distraught by what

she has discovered, even going at lengths to tell Oedipus that ?if thou hast any care for thine own life, forbear this search! My anguish is enough? (164). Once she knows the truth herself she still tries to protect Oedipus from finding the truth, however, despite her pleading Oedipus just does not listen, which leads to the suicide of Jocasta and the self mutilation of Oedipus. He understood that is was the right thing to find the murderer of Laius in order to save his kingdom of Thebes. Ironically, it is his good that leads to his fall from grace. From tragic stories, mainly from Oedipus the King by Sophocles, the famous Greek philosopher and critique Aristotle derived his famous definition of the tragic hero. He stated a tragic hero is ?a man who is highly renowned and

prosperous, but one who is not pre-eminently virtuous and just, whose misfortune, however, is brought upon him not by vice and depravity but by some error of judgment or frailty.? Oedipus is a perfect example of what Aristotle meant by a tragic Hero. It is a story about a man who has no say in what path his life would take, a man who once had everything and is left with nothing. He was a king, a good husband and father, a man very content with his life, however, by plays end he had lost his status, wife, children and home. He evokes sympathy simply because he was not evil or foolish, just human and fallible.