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Essay | The Archetypal Hero in Oedipus Rex by Sophocles

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The Archetypal Hero in Oedipus Rex by Sophocles

Summary: Essay examines the character Oedipus Rex and his role as an archetypal hero in Oedipus Rex, by Sophacles. Oedipus Rex shares a few common traits of an archetypal hero, but also has many characteristics unlike those of an archetypal hero. Oedipus's characteristics are both favorable and unfavorable, so it is impossible to decide whether to like him or not. No one really is quite sure of Oedipus's true nature.
Oedipus Rex

Oedipus Rex is an intriguing character to analyze and has several of the qualities that are frequently present in the archetypal hero. Oedipus's `journey' can be seen in various ways and his character progresses throughout the play. Each new act reveals a trait of Oedipus, both pleasant and unpleasant, in such a way that by the conclusion of the play one is unable to decide whether to despise Oedipus or to pity him. The heinous acts that Oedipus committed, like killing his father, King Laios, and having an incestuous relationship with his mother, lead the reader to want to be utterly disgusted with him. However, Oedipus's oblivious attitude and determination for finding the king's killer, which ironically is himself, forces the reader to feel almost sorry for the unfortunate man. Oedipus Rex can be seen as an archetypal hero when...

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