Aristotle’s Tragic Hero with Grave Flaws and Doomed Destiny in Sophocles Oedipus the King. Write a 2000 word paper answering; Oedipus represents the life of a tragic hero because he is a person of “high estate” who wants to implement moral leadership (Kennedy & Gioia, 2013, p. 945). Oedipus is the beloved king of Thebes. One of his priests calls him, “Great Oedipus, O powerful King of Thebes!” (Sophocles, 425 B.C.?/2013, Prologue 16). His priest and people go to him and beseech for his help because they see him as a great king. In addition, Oedipus is not only a king but a venerated hero. The priest remembers that he is the “liberator…long ago,” which makes him the “noblest of men” (Sophocles, 425 B.C.?/2013, Prologue 50, 48). Having “high estate” also refers to what Adkins (1966) described as having “goodness or virtue” (p.78). Oedipus is a tragic hero because he was greatly admired for his goodness after he saved them from the Sphinx before he loses his exalted social position. At the same time, Oedipus wants to lead morally in his kingdom. After he hears from the Oracle of Delphi that, in order to free Thebes from plagues, they have to remove Laios’ killer in their midst, he asserts that he shall find the murderer. He tells his people: “You shall see how I stand by you, as I should, / To avenge the city and the city’s god” (Sophocles, 425 B.C.?/2013, Prologue 137-138). He expresses that he stands as a good king who will look after the welfare of his city. Moreover, he says that he wants to avenge the city, which means that he seeks justice too. Oedipus aims to be a just leader who wants to capture and punish the criminal. He shows that a tragic hero becomes one because he comes from a dignified social and moral stature, particularly in the eyes of his citizens.
Besides high social status, Oedipus is bound to a complex plot that .is more than a simple tragedy. Scheepers (2005) explained Aristotle’s idea of a tragic plot.