Positive Flaws In Oedipus

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Hubris, the one characteristic in human nature that leads people to commit evil deeds. In the play Oedipus the King, Oedipus struggles with facing the truth about his destiny. His hubris and selfishness lead him to kill his father Laius and he does not accept reality when Tiresias tells him that he killed Laius. Oedipus’ character flaws outweigh his positive qualities. A rebuttal to this statement would be Oedipus’ positive qualities outweigh his character flaws. Oedipus’ rage, pride, and ignorance are the main character flaws that outweigh his positive flaws. The main counterclaim is that Oedipus’ positive qualities outweigh his character flaws. The main evidence that is used for this argument is that Oedipus puts the people of Thebes over his own life. “I grieve for these, my people, far more than I fear for my own life.” (267). Although Oedipus grieves for the people of Thebes, he is too selfish to realize that he is the reason for Thebes’ suffering. As the reader reads deeper in the story, he or she realizes that Oedipus puts himself over the people of Thebes when he does not want to turn himself in for killing Laius. “That obscenity, twice - by go, you’ll pay.” (278). This quote is significant because it is the first time where Oedipus denies that he is the killer of Laius. Furthermore, this quote shows that Oedipus is a selfish individual. Oedipus shows that he is very entitled because he slanders anyone who questions his authority. Primarily, one of Oedipus’ character flaws is his rage. Oedipus’ rage is a big character flaw because this is one of the principles that lead to his downfall. One example of his rage was when he is told by Tiresias that he killed Laius. “You’ve lost your power, stone-blind, stone-death-senses, eyes blind as stone!” (278). This quote is significant because this is the first time Oedipus unleashes his rage at someone. His rage prevents him from accepting the truth about him killing his father. He also insults Tiresias in this quote by calling Tiresias blind. Next, the reader sees Oedipus’ rage when he lashes out at Creon because Oedipus accuses Creon of stealing Oedipus throne. “I see it all, the marauding thief himself scheming to steal my crown and power!”
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