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Oedipus and his flaws

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Oedipus and his flaws


Oedipus's Inextinguishable Flaws Flaws plague every man and woman on this planet.

Flaws are what we have in common with each other, and all characteristics

that make us human. Sophocles's Oedipus, shows that sometimes the

combination of certain flaws and other human characteristics can have a

tragic outcome. The caring King Oedipus was paranoid and short tempered,

and these characteristics brought him to his downfall. From the beginning of

the story Oedipus is depicted as a noble caring man. He is greatly distressed

about the plague in Thebes. "My soul mourns the city..." (Sophocles 305) he

tells the priest and the suffering people of Thebes. If Oedipus did not care for

his kingdom, he never would have bothered to seek out Laius's murderer.

Oedipus also mourned the death of his wife. As well, Oedipus proves himself a

loving father towards his daughters, by asking Creon to take care of them.

One of the main reasons for Oedipus's exile is his short temper. Oedipus

loses his temper with Tireseas, because he will not tell Oedipus the truth.


After Tireseas speaks the truth, Oedipus grows even more short tempered, and

taunts Tireseas for being blind. Oedipus then accuses Creon of sending

Tireseas to make Oedipus think he is the murderer. After Oedipus accuses

Creon he tells him, "I do not desire your banishment-- but your death."

 (Sophocles 313) The death of Laius would never have occurred if it was not

for Oedipus's short temper. Oedipus forced King Laius off the road because

his procession wouldn't make way for Oedipus and his group. If Oedipus had

thought things through he would have never have acted so irrationally and

killed King Laius. Oedipus's short temper is triggered by his paranoia.


While he meets with Tireseas, Oedipus believes that Creon, his own brother-in-law

and friend, is against him. "Was it Creon that planned this or yourself,"

 (Sophocles 309) Oedipus says to Tireseas. Oedipus also thinks that his own

 countrymen could be against him. Once Creon comes home and tells Oedipus

that he must find Laius's murderer he proclaims, "...whoever slew Laius might

turn a hand against me." (Sophocles 306) Oedipus has a certain paranoia

around himself as the truth is being unraveled. His wife, Jocasta tells him to

stop searching, and Oedipus assumes his worse fate can be that he is of an

unnoble birth. He thinks his wife is against his search for her petty reasons.

Despite his wife and Tireseas's warnings, Oedipus falls slowly into demise on

this terrible day. In conclusion, Oedipus's demise was brought by his paranoia,

short temper, and his sensitivity to other people's pain. These are emotional

flaws shared by all of us to different degrees. It is interesting to see that the

emotional problems of the heart we deal with in modern times also tormented

the ancient Greeks.

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