Essay by alwaysessenceUniversity, Bachelor'sA+, August 2005

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Tragic heroes and epic heroes possess similar characteristics and their ultimate outcome is determined by fate. Some heroic characteristics of tragic heroes include the desire of finding the truth no matter the consequences. Secondly, it includes the desire and will power to set the wrong things right. Another characteristic of tragic heroes is the act of maintaining a high standard of principle, that is, making sure everything is set in order and nothing is left undone. From this, it can be said that tragic hero's response always move in the direction of the truth. In the case of Oedipus in the play Oedipus the king, Oedipus had the choice of not finding out who he really was. He also had the chance of leaving things as they were, but because of his fate and his character of determination in finding the truth and solving mysteries he had to go on.

He had to follow his perspective, which was to push ahead to solving the mystery no matter the cost or consequence to his life. Another characteristic of tragic heroes is the act of performing remarkable acts during their lifetime in a way of showing individuality and not a mere sign of luck or chance. In the case of Oedipus, he proved his individuality and heroism in solving the sphinx riddle. This act showed that he was different, and it also set the stage for his predestined fate even though Oedipus was not seeing the path his life was leading. Assuming that Jason is the tragic hero in the play Euripides' Medea, we are introduced to other valuable heroic characteristics of tragic heroes. Jason is seen as a man who had fulfilled his duties to his wife, but in order to be more successful he must perform another task which was...