Is Oedipus a hero or a coward? Is Oedipus a hero or a coward?

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I disagree with post 2. A hero is not just someone who fights. A hero is a person who is admirable. There are many types of heroes. I agree with the above that Oedipus can be considered a hero in some ways. He does act cowardly, but honestly, who wouldn't when confronted with those issues?

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I would agree with post 3. Oedipus is heroic in his determination to find King Laius' murderer to relieve the issues from the plague. Oedipus vows that the murderer will be exiled, and, when he learns that he, himself, is the murderer, he follows through with his vow to punish the murderer. Oedipus lost...

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The question is wrong.

The right question would be: "Is Oedipus a brave man, or a coward one ?"

He can't be a hero. Heros often fight for a good cause, from the perspective of the people he belongs.

But yes, Oedipus is a brave man. First, because he won the battle with his father, not knowing with who he is fighting with, but mostly because when he found out the truth about his acts, he got the power to punish himself.

So, he's not only brave but with a strong ethic feeling. He also prooved his wisdom when guessing the riddle.

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