• The Tragic Hero:
  • I am quoting below from the translation of theby S.H.
  • For the tragic stance is profoundly irrational.

His character that he betrays is typical of those who honestly believe they have no part in the situation that occurs.

Tragic stories offer a sense of learning about the human condition.

Yet Aristotle is silenton this important element of tragedy.

I agree with Bernard Knox that Oedipus is responsible for the tragic outcome of the play.
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If there is anobstacle in the way (like Teiresias, for example), then that obstacle must beforcibly removed—it interferes with his sense of what's going on.

Aristotle had postulated the principle of thetragic flaw in tragedy.

Oedipus's investigation of the death of King Laius is the reason for the tragic ending.
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The conduct may be heroic andthe suffering just as intense on a physical level, but it is not in the sameSophoclean sense tragic, since individual existence is not over. And thepromise of the reward in an afterlife clearly endorses rather than challengesthe ethical norms by which the martyr lived and died..


Most of us, I take it, are not tragic by nature.

In Sons and Lovers, Paul Morel demonstrates the classic symptoms of the Oedipus complex.
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Additionally, Oedipus is most definitely a tragic hero-he had a tragic flaw, namely that he was relentless and often rash in his search for the truth about Laius' death and his killer; this ultimately lead to Oedipus' own destruction....

It does make for a tragic hero, however." --and a lot on the background of the story.
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But once we reach the eighteenth century and thepowerful appeal of the new rational reforms of society and the aggressive agendaof the new science, traditional tragic drama becomes harder to write and to sellto a public which has little taste for such a challenge (for our culture islosing that sense of fate on which classic tragedy depends, except in some newliterary forms, like the novel) and, with some important exceptions (notablyIbsen) tragic drama loses its vitality as a continuing literary form or artisticvision.

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And the fiercely competitive nature of the contest and the esteemgiven to the winning playwright also indicate that tragic drama was for them avital part of the community life.

>Aristotle’s Concept of the Ideal Tragic Hero – …

For the tragic figure is,above all else, one who engages in the most dangerous and challenging ofcompetitions, the struggle to assert one's human individuality to the fullestpossible extent in the face of the most intractable opponent, the very nature oflife itself--a subject first explored in Homer's , a source book formany Greek dramatic tragedies.

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We know thatthe first actors clothed themselves in a goat's skin and that the goat wasassociated with Dionysus, the god at whose festival the tragedies wereperformed.

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Thisfeature suggests that tragic drama began as a choral celebration in memory of adead hero in which someone, probably the leader of the chorus, at some pointbegan to act out the exploits of the person being celebrated.

>Aristotle’s Concept of the Ideal Tragic Hero – NEOEnglish

Unlike comedy, which we can see arising in many different cultures often in verysimilar ways, tragic drama seems to have been unique to Greece, and tragic dramais one of the most distinctively western traditions passed down to us.