Pride And Pride In Sophocles Oedipus The King

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Oedipus the King
In Oedipus the King written by Sophocles, the universal truth of how arrogance prevents one from seeing the truth is displayed through recurring motifs of blindness and pride. At the beginning of the play Oedipus the new ruler thinks that his advisor, Creon killed the late King Laius. Tiresias the prophet objects to Oedipus’ claim, but the latter is too full of pride to accept that the blind Tiresias could be right. To prove his ability to see the truth, the prophet states that, “[Oedipus] who [has] eyes, can not see where [he is] living, nor with whom [he] share[s] a house” (Sophocles 25). The king is to prideful to acknowledge the validity of Teiresias’ innuendo to Oedipus’ prophecy. Instead he blinds himself into believing

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