Oedipus Rex: The tragic fate of a tragic hero

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According to Aristotle, a tragic hero is someone who creates his or her own downfall, whose fate is not deserved, and whose punishment exceeds the crime. In the play "Oedipus Rex  by Sophocles, the main character Oedipus is a perfect example of Aristotle's tragic hero. In the play, three main themes are presented: destiny, sin, and guilt. Throughout Oedipus' journey of life he encounters all three themes. Although Oedipus is eventually able to overcome most of his adventures, eventually leading himself to his own downfall.

Destiny played a vital part in the destruction of Oedipus. The destiny of Oedipus is given to his parents, who were King Laios and Queen Iokaste, by the prophecy of Apollo at Delphi. Apollo told them that Oedipus' fate was to murder his father and to marry his mother. This freighted Oedipus' parents, and caused them to cast him out of Thebes as a baby.

When he was older, Oedipus visited the

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