However, neither she nor her servant could bring themselves to kill him and he was abandoned to elements. There he was found and brought up by a shepherd, before being taken in and raised in the court of the childless King Polybus of Corinth as if he were his own son. Stung by rumours that he was not the biological son of the king, Oedipus consulted an oracle which foretold that he would marry his own mother and kill his own father. Desperate to avoid this foretold fate, and believing Polybus and Merope to be his true parents, Oedipus left Corinth.
He establishes the concept that pity is an emotion that must be elicited when, through his actions, the character receives undeserved misfortune, while the emotion of fear must be felt by the audience when they contemplate that such misfortune could possibly befall themselves in similar situations.
Aristotle explains such change of fortune "should be not from bad to good, but, reversely, from good to bad. In the story, the character of Oedipus is given a prophecy that he will murder his own father and marry his own mother.
Although he goes to great lengths to avoid fulfilling the prophecy, Oedipus learns that the life of a man he took, Laius, was actually that of his own father, and that the woman to which he is married, Jocasta, is actually his own mother.
Polyneices and his brother, Eteocles, were kings, and the former wanted more power, so he left and assembled an army from a neighboring city.
They attacked and the two brothers killed each other.
Other examples provided by Aristotle include Thyestes. Therefore, the Aristotelian hero is characterized as virtuous but not "eminently good," which suggests a noble or important personage who is upstanding and morally inclined while nonetheless subject to human error.
The usual irony in Greek tragedy is that the hero is both extraordinarily capable and highly moral in the Greek honor -culture sense of being duty-bound to moral expectationsand it is these exact, highly-admirable qualities that lead the hero into tragic circumstances.
The tragic hero is snared by his or her own greatness: In other media[ edit ] The influence of the Aristotelian hero extends past classical Greek literary criticism. Greek theater had a direct and profound influence on Roman theater and formed the basis of Western theater that continues into the modern era, deeply influencing a wide variety of arts throughout the world, in diverse mediums such as literature, music, film, television and even video games.
Many iconic characters featured in these genres follow the archetype of the tragic hero. Some film historians regard Michael Corleone of The Godfather a tragic hero, although using traditional literary conventions, the character would more closely fit the role of villainnot tragic hero.
Butcher, The Poetic of Aristotlepp. Theories of the Theatre: Dictionary of the Theatre: Terms, Concepts, and Analysis. U of Toronto P.Oedipus the King and Aristotle's Poetics - According to Aristotle, a tragedy must be an imitation of life in the form of a serious story that is complete in itself among many other things.
Nov 03, · “Oedipus the King” by Sophocles is so deep and complex that focusing on certain problem that penetrates the tragedy inevitably leads to other issues. The critical analysis of this work is like untangling of a sweater, when by pulling one fiber the other two are revealed.5/5(1).
The plot of Sophocles’ great tragedy Oedipus the King (sometimes known as Oedipus Rex or Oedipus Tyrannos) has long been admired. In his Poetics, Aristotle held it up as the exemplary Greek tragedy. Oedipus the King is generally considered his most representative work.
Aristotle considered it a perfect tragedy. As well as all his works, this tragedy talks about fatalism, a . Greek tragedy, created in the city-state of Athens in the last thirty years of the sixth century B.C.E., is the earliest kind of European drama.
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