Oedipus Qualities

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Oedipus as leader is rather outstanding. Right as we are introduced to Oedipus, we are presented with his sense of justice and caring for his people. He is also very respecting towards all the towns people. For instance, when Creon returns from his encounter with the Oracle, he tries to be discreet, asking Oedipus if he wants to receive the news privately. Oedipus judiciously responds with the following: “Speak before all! My heavy load of care, more for their sake then for my own I bear” (Sophocles 4). In other words Oedipus is saying that he doesn’t want to hear the news privately, rather publicly because he rules for his people not himself. Another great characteristic of that Oedipus possesses are his tactful and quick responses to problems.

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