Oedipus Rex

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Jared Hensley Many stories have tragic heroes. The prince from the movie The Gladiator server as an example. The prince has a high social a high social standing at the beginning of the movie. The princes' tragic flaw, pride, caused him to loose his status and die. Similarly Oedipus, of Sophocles' Oedipus Rex, starts with a high social standing and then falls. Oedipus, of Sophocles' Oedipus Rex, represents a tragic hero because of his high social standing, tragic flaw, and tragic downfall.

In the beginning of the play Oedipus has a high social standing. Oedipus, standing on the steps of his palace, addresses the citizens of Thebes. A priest, one of the citizens of Thebes, addresses Oedipus as follows: " My lord and King: we are gathered here, as you see, young and old, from the tenderest chicks to the age-bent seniors"¦" (26). The priest demonstrates his respect for Oedipus by calling him king.

He also proves Oedipus has high social standing because he points out that everyone has come to see him. In the same scene Creon states to Oedipus the current situation. Creon says: " we had a king sir, before you came to lead us" (p28). He says that Oedipus is the king because he serves as a strong leader.

Throughout the play Oedipus exhibits extreme pride. Oedipus sends for Teiresias, the blind profit, so that he can reveal the true murderer, but Teiresias will not tell. Out of an act of anger Oedipus says: " Hear him! Such words- such insults to the state would move a saint to anger" (p35). Oedipus demonstrates he thinks highly of himself by stating that he should not be insulted. He also expresses his extreme pride by being arrogant enough to address the famous prophet with...