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Essay | Is Oedipus Rex a Classic Tragedy?

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Is Oedipus Rex a Classic Tragedy?

Summary: Essay discusses if "Oedipus Rex" by Aristotle is a classic tragedy. Seeing as Aristotle based his definition of classic tragedy on Oedipus, I argue that it is quintessential.
`Oedipus the King' is a classic tragedy to practically the full extent. Aristotle's definition of a classic tragedy is based around six points, which seem to fit with the story of Oedipus almost perfectly. The tragic hero is supposed to be a character of nobility and greatness but is not supposed to be perfect; flaws must be evident so the audience can relate to the character. The tragic hero's downfall must also partially be his/her own fault but the misfortune brought by this downfall is not supposed to be wholly deserved; the punishment may exceed the crime. This fall should also bring with it some awareness or some gain in self-knowledge, thus the fall is not a total loss. At the same time, this story of the tragic hero, a classic tragedy, should not leave the audience in a `state of depression', although...

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