Discuss Oedipus as a tragic hero in Oedipus Rex.

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Oedipus fits the classic description of a tragic hero in the Greek tradition. 

Aristotle contests that the tragic hero has to be a man “who is not eminently good and just, yet whose misfortune is brought about not by vice or depravity, but by some error or frailty.”

Additionally, Aristotle defines the tragic hero as "morally blameless". By today's reckoning, a tragic hero is also seen to have a tragic flaw. This flaw is often a hero's strength that gets turned against him or her. 

Applying these definitions to Oedipus, we see that his character fits very well into this...

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