William Shakespeare 's ' Oedipus The King '

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English Assignment – Oedipus The King

In the story, Oedipus The King, written by Sophocles, two important aspects of Oedipus’ character that lead to his demise are his determination to find the truth of his origin, as well as his anger. These are flaws that negatively affect the tragic outcome at the end of the plot. Oedipus first shows signs of anger when he does not want to hear what Tiresias has to say about the murderer of Laius, even after the ruler begs for the truth. Oedipus yells, "Enough! I won’t listen to this sort of talk from you. Damn you! My curse on you! Get out of here, quickly. Away from this house, back to where you came from!" (25) He goes into a fit of rage when Tiresias explains, in the form of riddles, the evils that the king is living with. The prophet mentions a curse, in which he hints that Oedipus marries his mother and kills his father. Tiresias also reveals that the king is the murderer of Laius. The ruler of Thebes believes that Creon set Tiresias up to convey this accusation, stating: “Was it Creon, or you, that invented this story?” (23) Because of his short-temper, without even considering the validity of Tiresias’ statement, Oedipus becomes irate and is unable to control his emotions, shouting: “(….) I tell you, you will pay in tears for this witch-hunting—you and Creon, the man that organized this conspiracy!” (24) It is understandable that anyone would be upset and shocked after hearing such shocking claims. Yet, as a ruler of Thebes,
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