Oedipus Tragic Hero Essay

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Oedipus Tragic Hero Essay Oedipus the King, a well known greek myth, written by Sophocles, translated by Peter Constantine. The story of Oedipus the King is about a greek tragic hero, who is king of Thebes. A plague strikes Thebes and will only subside if the killer of King Laius is found, Oedipus begins to search for the killer of King Laius. Oedipus learns he is the killer of King Laius, and blinds himself, and is banished from Thebes. Oedipus suffers because his arrogance causes him to abuse power, deny truth, and be exiled. Oedipus’ behavior shows arrogance, which leads him to believe that his power as king is greater than what it actually is. Oedipus describes the citizens of Greece as “my children” (1). Oedipus believes he owns the citizens of Greece, and that they are his children. Throughout his life, Oedipus thinks he must prove himself and how great he is. He is afraid of someone seeing him as smaller and less powerful as he is. To cover the thought of becoming smaller, he abuses amount of power, which he as human can contain and explains himself as, “an ally”, to the gods (240). This false connection with himself to the gods shows his ignorance and blindness to his actions and attitude. The gods would not associate with a mortal in that manner. The lies start to…show more content…
Tiresias has told him that he himself was the murderer of King Laius. Oedipus’ states, “‘ whose inventions are these? Creons?’”(369). Oedipus denies truth that a blind prophet has given him, he secondly denies the prophecy in which he was to fulfill. Jocasta, mother and wife of Oedipus says, “‘by the gods, Oedipus, believe him!’” she knows the truth in which Creon is telling (632). Oedipus continues to go down the rode of arrogance, he proceeds to believe he has done nothing wrong. Little does Oedipus know that by him denying the truth, his suffering that he will encounter will come as more of a shock than

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