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Oedipus Tragic Flaw Analysis

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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. Evidently, this prophecy does come to light as…show more content…
Although he is a hero when defeating the sphynx, his accomplishment is irrelevant as he overshadows this with arrogance. Evident when he says to Tiresias tries to warn him of his flaw, which he causes Oedipus to remark, "Oedipus the ignorant, I stopped the Sphinx!” As Tiresias further tries to warn him about his actions leading to severe consequences, Oedipus claims "Monster! thy silence would incense a flint. Will nothing loose thy tongue." Tiresias eventually gives in and tells Oedipus his reality, which the King cannot accept due to his arrogance. He displays this ah he taunts, “Stone-blind, stone-deaf - senses, eyes blind as stone!” His irrationality assumes Tiresias holds no merit as he is an "offspring of endless Night, thou hast no power O 'er me or any man who sees the sun.." His disbelief with Tiresias holds him to accuse him as a “Fortune-teller, peddling lies, eyes peeled for his own profit." His irrationality provokes him to misjudge other characters in the play, such as his Brother in law Creon, who he accuses of "Thou methinks thou art he, Who planned the crime, aye, and performed it too, All save the assassination; and if thou Hadst not been blind, I had been sworn to boot That thou alone didst do the bloody deed." This is far from the case as Creon states, " Now all my needs are…show more content…
He says to have moved away from his origin birth home in order to deflect a prophecy he heard as a child. His actions of killing Laius or marrying Jocasta carry no motive, suggesting there is no desire for him to intentionally fulfill his destiny. Rather it is his escape from who he thinks are his parents, which cause him to commit the opposite intentions. This is evident as it says, "He unpinned and tore away the golden brooches from the robes which she was dressed in, raised them up and struck at his own eyeballs, yelling something like, 'You 'll not look on the disgraceful things I 've done or have had done to me. In darkness now you 'll look on those I ought not to have seen, and not know those I yearned to know". Immediate guilt and Jocasta 's death force Oedipus to punish himself for his crimes, showing his morality is still intact. Recognition of his acts makes him reverse his viewpoint, evoking pity. Additionally, the third omniscient narrative also helps the reader sympathize with his position as it states "He was a mighty king, he was the envy of everyone who say how lucky he 'd been. Now he 's struck a wave of terrible ruin. While you 're alive, you must keep looking to your final day, and don 't be happy till you pass life 's boundary without suffering grief." But his unwillingness to listen to even loyal men such as Creon who
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