Oedipus the King

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“Now my curse on the murderer. Whoever he is, a lone man unknown in his crime - or one among many, let that man drag out his life in agony, step by painful step - I curse myself as well … if by any chance He proves to be an intimate of our house, Here at my hearth, with my full knowledge, May the curse I just called down on him strike me!”(p. 1137). Oedipus’s intense pride or hubris, and his steadfast determination to uncover the mystery of Laius’s murder ironically leads him to unwittingly curse himself.
Oedipus is considered to be a perfect tragedy. A good tragedy will elicit pity and fear in its readers or viewers, causing them to experience a sense of release. Hubris is described in Greek tragedy as excessive pride or defiance of the gods. Hubris inevitably comes up almost every time you talk about a piece of ancient Greek literature. There's no denying that Oedipus is a proud man. He has many reasons to be proud. He's the one that saved Thebes from the Sphinx. If he hadn't come along and solved the Sphinx's riddle, the city would still be under its dominion. It seems that Oedipus rightly deserves the throne of Thebes.
Determination and hubris are just a couple of Oedipus's primary character traits. Despite the important role of fate in the life of Oedipus, he is driven by his intense pride and determination, at times stubbornly, to pursue his goals. Determination proves to be more of a weakness than a blessing for Oedipus. .
In the opening of Oedipus the King,

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