Analysis Of The Play ' Oedipus The King '

963 Words Dec 12th, 2014 4 Pages
Shereen Abdelrazzak
English 101-170
Professor Steinkoler
Hubris Midterm Paper

“ No, man 's knowledge here can go beyond his experience.” John Locke. Knowledge is definitely power. To have power over anyone or anything out 
there you must know what you are doing. Knowledge gives you options, Knowledge enables bigger and better weapons. A sense of higher status. Very often will you find knowledge allows one to recognize opportunity. One character in the play Oedipus the King, Tiresias carries a great sense of knowledge. That he knows how to stay humble with. Which does not lead to his downfall unlike Oedipus the King.
 Knowledge means one has the resources to obtain and be flexible with useful and informative information in order to become well informed citizens who can make intelligent decisions based upon their understanding and awareness of everyday situations. Does this make them powerful? Not always. Although he was blind Tiresias was the wisest in the whole village. He would be the one that anyone came to for advice. He had a lot of knowledge but no power. With time we came to learn that Oedipus has power without any knowledge to help him carry out any plans. I believe people often mix up hubris with self confidence. The first definition of hubris in the Merriam Webster dictionary is “a great or foolish amount of pride or confidence”. Oedipus is basically drenched in hubris. This man lives off of his pride. In the begging of the play when Oedipus was addressing…

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