However, as a tragic figure, he inherently holds features staining his heroic traits. These traits impact him, shaping his life to fulfill a prophecy to hold true to a prophecy he attempts to escape. Trying to save Thebes, he contacts oracles to which Jocasta insists is ridiculous as Laius was said , "To perish by the hand of his own son, A child that should be born to him by me. Now Laius--so at least report affirmed-- Was murdered on a day by highwaymen, No natives, at a spot where three roads meet." Jocasta goes on in detail, "The child should be his father 's murderer, Or the dread terror finds accomplishment, And Laius be slain by his own son", trying to prove that prophecies are not true.
Oedipus is so blinded by his pride that he can not accept the fact that he can not avoid his fate placed upon him by the gods. It is because he is not perfect and has these tragic flaws that in the end makes him a tragic hero. The greatest of his flaws happens to be his excessive pride and self-righteousness. Had Oedipus not listened to his pride, ... ... middle of paper ... ...has lost everything of importance: his kingdom, his family, and his happiness. In the beginning of Oedipus the King, Oedipus is portrayed as an admired and respected ruler.
It is his own fault that his life spiralled down a nasty path. The oracle might have predicted his downfall, but he was never born with the misfortune he claimed that is bestowed upon him by the gods. The choices that he made are the ones that make his path in life and no one else but him will push him to go through with it. Leaving Corinth was a decision he made on his own to escape. Killing off the men that cut him off the road is his conclusion to put out his anger.
The hero’s tragic flaws are the qualities, which ultimately lead to his downfall. Oedipus’ pride, ignorance, insolence towards the gods, and unrelenting quest for the truth ultimately contributed to his destruction. When Terrisias told Oedipus that he was responsible for the murder of Laius, he became enraged and calls the old oracle a liar. He ran away from his home in Corinth, in hopes of outsmarting the gods divine will. Like his father, Oedipus also sought ways to escape the horrible destiny told by the oracle of Apollo.
He realizes that he is the son to Laios and Jocasta and he realizes that he was the one that killed his own father and married his mother. Moreover, based off his reactions for all of the oracles, it’s evident that Oedipus is a naturally, curious person. Ultimately, this has it’s positives and negatives, however, in this situation his curiosity deemed negative as he knew “too much.” This final oracle also reveals that Oedipus is a loyal man as he not onlu gives himself the very same consequence that he aspired to give the “murderer” in the previous scene but he also solved the riddle that ultimately saved his town of the plague. Nevertheless he was able to identify who he really was.
As a tragic hero, Oedipus 's errors bring his tragic downfall out at the end. First, the prominent flaw in his character is his stubbornness. He is stubborn to the extent that he does what he is thinking of whatever it costs. At the beginning, Tressias refuses to speak about the truth of Laius 's murder but he insists to know the killer to save Thebes. At the end Tressias tells him, that he is the murderer "the killer you are searching is yourself."
Also, in the previous quote, Oedipus tries to diminish his shame by convincing his people that it is not his fault, but Apollo’s, for murdering his father and marrying his mother. The moral of this story is that human beings can’t escape their fate, and thus it is not Oedipus’ fault for committing those two crimes. To destroy Oedipus, the gods granted the power of prophecy to oracles that delivered these prophecies to Laius and Jocasta. As a result, they kill their child to get rid of him and his terrible prophecies. Unfortunately, these prophecies came true because Oedipus didn’t know his real parents.
Oedipus tried to escape the prophecy of him killing his father and marrying his mother. Despite attempts, the prophecy became true as he hastily discovered his past, while trying to cure his city. Antigone was his daughter and wanted revenge, after Oedipus died, because Creon would not bury her brother. She did it herself and allowed Creon to punish her by enclosing her in a tomb. She believed in the powers of a family instead of laws of a city.
His pride gets him into a lot of bad situations. The ultimate downfall of Oedipus is that he is unwilling to accept is fate. This drives him throughout the whole story to get down to the bottom of numerous questions. Such as, who killed his father? What is his fate and how can he avoid it?
Oedipus’ pride, impetuous behaviour and lack of insight ultimately determine his fate. To begin, one of the main factors that leads to Oedipus’ fate is his excessive pride. After he solves the riddle of the Sphinx his hubris swells to a new level. This leads him to believe that he is capable of solving any puzzle he might face, including the murder of Laius. After Creon tells Oedipus what the Gods require, Oedipus states to what extent he will go to avenge the previous king, Laius, as he proclaims, “No matter who he may be, he is forbidden shelter or intercourse with any man in all this country over which I rule; … Expelled from every house, unclean, accursed, in accordance with the word of the Pythian oracle” (32).