Oedipus The King Essay

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Does Oedipus deserve to be called a bad man!? “ Teir. Indeed? Then listen to what I say. Obey Your own pronouncement, and from this day on Speak not to me or any man here present. You are the curse, the defiler of this land” From the above excerpt, this is the scene when Teirasias, the blind prophet, is trying to blame on Oedipus that he is the only one who makes his own land, Thebes, less pure since he unknowingly killed his own father, King Laius, and, ignorantly married his own mother, Jocasta. This action begins when Oedipus begs Teirasias to reveal who Laius’ murderer is, but Teirasias answers just that he knows the truth but never wants to tell it. Then, this puzzle makes Oedipus get really angry. So, he bastes Teirasias and insists that Teirasias tell Thebes what he knows. Finally, when Oedipus furiously accuses Teirasias of the murder, provoked by anger and insults of Oedipus, Teirasias then tells Oedipus that Oedipus himself is the curse. However, do I totally agree with what Teirasias says? The answer is definitely NO. In Oedipus the King, Oedipus, the main character, is portrayed as the greatest tragic hero. Oedipus is created as a well-rounded character that has many characteristics, both good and bad sides, within a person. Throughout this tragedy, we can’t refuse that it is quite difficult to judge this tragic hero whether he is the most disgraceful or pitiful character. There is not only a tragic side used to represent this character, but also many good sides of Oedipus concealed in this play. Here, we are going to analyze Oedipus character in order to contradict with Teirasias that Oedipus is not the ‘defiler’ of Thebes like what he says in the above excerpt but the most pitiable tragic hero who dedicates himself to people around him and also deserves our commiseration than our gratify. According to this scene, the most outstanding

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