Oedipus The King By Sophocles

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Oedipus the King, written by Sophocles, follows the tragic story of a king named Oedipus who goes from an all-powerful ruler to a hopeless blind peasant. Oedipus the King was written as a play and performed in front of an audience. Sophocles shows in Oedipus the King that one cannot escape the fate of the gods. Throughout the play Oedipus struggles to find a solution and change all the troubles in his life. The play observes the story of Oedipus who defies the gods and through the journey experiences hardships in tragic flaw, tragic fall and tragic realization. Tragic flaw would be considered the negative aspect which influences the character. Teiresias, who is a blind prophet warns Oedipus of his horrible fate and Oedipus tells him “Your life is one long night so that you cannot hurt me or any other who sees the light” (Sophocles 1747). In this exchange Oedipus believes that he is all powerful and nothing can hurt him which shows his arrogance. Oedipus’s arrogant behavior will end up costing him greatly as he continues through the story as if nothing can harm the king. Oedipus accuses Creon for his problems and Creon tells the citizens of Thebes what he believes, “Citizens, I have come because I heard deadly words spread about me, That the king accuses me. I cannot take that from him” (Sophocles 1751). Oedipus’s arrogance spreads deep into his psychological thinking as he continues to believe that he cannot make mistakes and blames others. Jocasta, Oedipus’s wife

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