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  • Aristotle Says in His Poetics that Sophocles Drew Men "As They Ought to Be"


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ID number:530511
Published: 30.05.2003.
Language: English
Level: Secondary school
Literature: n/a
References: Not used

Oedipus- His Character
Aristotle says in his poetics that Sophocles drew men "as they ought to be". But Oedipus, with heinous acts as he did, is this what he meant by what a man ought to be? Of course not, this isn't the way Aristotle meant us to interpret the statement in this way, and this will be discussed in the following paragraphs.
In the opening scene, Sophocles presents Oedipus as a wise and benevolent ruler. The following lines by the priest: "It was you, we remember, as a newcomer to Cadmus' ancient town, that broke our bondage to the vile Enchantress."…

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