Tragic Tragedy In Oedipus The King

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Introduction: In many tragedies, either Greek or Shakespearean, a hero possesses a tragic flaw that is often responsible for his downfall. Oedipus the King by Sophocles portrays the story of the titular where a hero rises to fame after solving the city of Thebes’ great riddle. The solution to the riddle freed Thebes of its curse from the Sphinx and relieved it of its misery. Although Oedipus is praised and crowned king for freeing the city, he is not entirely a good man. Oedipus is very arrogant, which causes him to make several bad decisions. Through the story of Oedipus the King, Sophocles warns readers not to let arrogance blind them from reality, for it will eventually result in tremendous suffering.

Body Paragraph 1: At the beginning of this Greek drama, Oedipus is blinded due to his arrogance. For example, when the city is in shambles and the Chorus marches around the altar praying to the gods, Oedipus walks in and says to them, “You pray to the gods? Let me grant your prayers” (245). He believes he can answer the people of Thebes’ prayers. Additionally, Oedipus is convinced he has god-like powers because of his role as king and his previous success in solving the Sphinx’s riddle. His past leads him to believe he is always right, which is exactly what happens when he encounters the prophet. Oedipus says, “Blind, / lost in the night, endless night that nursed you! / You can’t hurt me or anyone else who sees the light- / you can never touch me” (425-28). Oedipus
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