The King's Pride In Sophocles Oedipus The King

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Sophocles’s dramatic play Oedipus the King takes place in ancient Greece. It focuses on Oedipus, the king of Thebes. As the plot unfolds, Sophocles reveals that Oedipus, Jacosta his wife/mother, and his father Laius have tried to change the course of events that have been foretold to them. The oracles make it clear to Laius, and later to Oedipus, that he will kill his father and marry his mother. Regardless of their attempts to alter the future, the foretold events develop outside of their control. These events lead to an unhappy ending for each of them. Mythical creatures, oracles, prophets, and gods all have a hand in shaping Oedipus’s life. Although the prophecies of Apollo’s oracles set key events into motion, it is Oedipus’s tragic flaw of excessive pride that leads to the eventual fulfillment of the prophecies.…show more content…
In this scene, Oedipus addresses a priest with a group of children. Oedipus’s extreme opinion of his own status is displayed in lines five thru seven: OEDIPUS. I did not think it fit that I should hear of this from messengers but came myself, — I Oedipus whom all men call the Great. (5-7)
Sophocles uses an em dash to place emphasis on the conclusion of this sentence. In so doing, Sophocles reveals Oedipus’s excessive pride by displaying his arrogance.
Oedipus summons Teiresias the blind prophet to answer questions regarding the murder of Laius. During their conversation Teiresias tries to avoid answering the questions, and warns Oedipus that the answers will cause Oedipus pain. Oedipus’s excessive pride leads him to become angry with Teiresias. This happens because Oedipus cannot tolerate someone he views as inferior to himself refusing to comply with his commands:
TEIRESIAS. I will say nothing further. Against this answer let your temper rage as wildly as you

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