Oedipus Essay

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A Tragic End The bigger the pride, the harder the fall. In the play Oedipus the King, the protagonist, Oedipus, lets his tragic flaw, pride, bring upon his demise. After the murder of king Laius, Oedipus was chosen to take the throne because of his success in defeating the sphinx. He makes life-changing decisions, not knowing that all his choices were followed by a prophecy that said he would murder his father then marry and have children with his own mother. This later on followed Oedipus with many consequences that led to his end, causing him to be a tragic hero. Oedipus' arrogance provides his first key to success as someone who is a righteous character in a dramatic tragedy who is destined for downfall or defeat. Oedipus’ pride brings about his downfall by causing him to be mentally blind, loose the people closest to him, and refuse to believe any accusation against him until it is too late. The greatest aspect that leads to Oedipus’s defeat is his blindness. Oedipus is physically able to see well, but with all the pride and arrogance he carries, thinking nothing bad can ever happen to him, causes him to be mentally blind. This allows Oedipus not to be able to make out the whole truth behind his own life. To begin with, even after being told the reality of king Laius’s death, Oedipus is still unaware of the truth that the king was his own father and not Polybus, who he thinks is his real father. When Oedipus is blamed by Teiresias for the murder of king Lauis, Oedipus is angry and turns it back on Teiresias. Teiresias argues with him and tells him “so go on - keep insulting Creon and my prophecies, for among all living mortals no one will be destroyed more wretchedly than you” (514-517). By stating this fact, it shows dramatic irony where the audience itself already knew that Teiresias was right and that Oedipus was going to be destroyed more wretchedly than

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