Oedipus Tragic Hero

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Oedipus Tragic Hero Essay Oedipus the King by Sophocles is the story of a prideful king who falls quickly from his throne. Oedipus takes place in the city of Thebes. A prophecy tell that Oedipus is destined to kill his father and marry his mother; this causes Oedipus a great deal of stress and a tragic downfall. Oedipus causes his downfall because he tries to avoid his fate, he feels he is above everyone, and he denies the truth. When Oedipus finds out about the “evil oracle” he tries to outrun his own fate, this makes him meet it and makes it worse. Oedipus tells Jocasta, “I went to Delphi, but Apollo sent me away...the king met his end” (Lines 767-775). Oedipus admits that he tries to avoid his fate when he leaves Corinth. He thinks that…show more content…
Oedipus makes a special point by calling all his people his children, “My children, newest offspring of ancient Thebes,” and by doing so he is saying that his is better than all of them. Oedipus refers to everyone in the kingdom of Thebes as his children once more, “Poor children! I know the plight with which you come to me” (Line 58). Oedipus knows what the problem is already, but is not doing anything about it. He reassures everyone in the kingdom that he has things in control and that he is going to fix the problem. Oedipus decides the punishment will be for the person who is causing problems, “I shall prohibit any man of this land...then may I suffer the same fate I have just declared” (Lines 231-274). He is listing out this huge punishment not thinking the problem is him. He assumes because he is king, and is above all, that one of his people/children must be causing the problem. Oedipus does not hesitate to decide on a harsh punishment for the victim until he finds out it is…show more content…
Oedipus acts as though he is not hearing what Tiresias is telling him. “Really? Then I tell you to abide by the proclamation you just made...you poor wretch, hurling the taunts at me that all men will soon hurl at you,” Tiresias tells Oedipus that he is the person that Apollo says is causing the plague, but Oedipus has him say it multiple times (Lines 341-364). When Oedipus finally thinks it could possibly be him after all, it drives him completely insane. Because Oedipus takes so long to realize what he has done this makes his punishment worse than what he

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