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Oedipus Rex By Sophocles Essay

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In the story of Oedipus Rex, Sophocles portrays the maincharacter, Oedipus, as a good natured person that has badjudgment and frailty. Oedipus makes a few bad decisions and iscondemned to profound suffering because of his pride. I agreewith Aristotle that he brings it all on to himself because of his ownpersonal pride.One day Oedipus finds out that there is a prophecy thatdepicts him killing his father and marrying his mother. Theprophecy may have been proven untrue if he wouldn't have puthimself on such a high pedestal. It all started one day when he metup with King Laius:Seated in it. The groom leading the horsesForced me off the road at his lord's command;But as this charioteer lurched over towards meI struck him in my rage...I killed him (1.2.764-772).Oedipus met the King Laius on a bridge and was too proud to lethim pass first, and then the King pushed him out of the way. In afit of rage, Oedipus killed him. All the while, an old man,Teiresias, knew that it was King Laius that Oedipus had killed.Oedipus didn't even know that it was King Laius that he killed. Inthe future, when Teiresias tries to convince Oedipus that he is thekiller, Oedipus turns him away and calls him a liar and blames itall on him:And I'll tell you what I think:You planned it, you had it done, you all butKilled him with your own hands: if you had eyes,I'd say that the crime was yours, and yours alone.(1.2.331-334)Teiresius is a blind prophet, and it is possible that if Oedipus hadlistened to him in the first place, his internal suffering may havebeen much less severe. He should...

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