Oedipus The King : A Great Deal Of Courage

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Courage is defined as the “ability to do something that frightens one” or, “strength in the face of pain or grief.” Three characters that show a great deal of courage in their story’s include, Oedipus from the play Oedipus the King, Antigone from the play Antigone, and Socrates from Plato’s plays The Apology and Crito. All three characters courageously pursued what they thought was right- Oedipus in finding out who his birth parents were and who murdered Laius, Antigone in burying her brother Polynices, even if it meant her punishment or death, and Socrates in leading the examined lifestyle-even when it meant his imprisonment and death by the city. All three characters did what they thought was right. But their courage cannot only be measured by their initial beliefs and choices, but also by their responses to the consequences of the choices they made.
When reading Oedipus the King, most people would conclude that Oedipus is an overall courageous character that, he belongs at the top of the list as the most courageous character. He was portrayed as a man well loved by his people. The love and respect that the people of Thebes have for Oedipus, is evident in some of the first lines of the play, in which the priest praises Oedipus as being the city’s “greatest power” (pg. 160-line 60). The chorus and the priest then go on to praise Oedipus for the noble and courageous things that he has done for the city of Thebes in the past:
You freed us from the Sphinx; you came to Thebes…
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