Character Analysis : Oedipus The King

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In the play Oedipus the King by Sophocles, Oedipus is a man doom to marry his mom and kill his dad. There is a plague that is destroying his people and to end the plague he must find the killer of the previous king Laois. Throughout the play Oedipus’s personality changes when the truth is revealed to him. He starts off as being a smart leader, calm, and determined, but at the end of the play he is angry, irrational and is blind to certain aspects, which becomes his downfall.
At the beginning Oedipus is characterized as a great leader. For example, he solves the riddle of the Sphinx, which is the winged female monster that terrorized the city (Sophocles 487). Here we can see how Oedipus is clever and smart. In result the people of Thebes respect him for his cleverness and reward him as King. People even look at him as being almighty when it comes to handling problems such as, when there is a plague that is killing people, animals and made women give birth to nothing. They knew he would help as long as he was aware of the situation. “We’ve come because you are the best man at handling trouble or confronting the gods” (Sophocles 487). This statement shows how people depend on him and look at him as a great leader. It also shows how he is a man of action and looks after his people as a king should. With that being said, he is told to find the killer of Laios and either banish them or kill them to stop the plague. Likewise, he did what he is commanded to do. He obeys the god and
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