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Tragic Flaws In Oedipus The King

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Oedipus the King tells the tragic story of Oedipus and how Oedipus unwittingly fulfills his prophecy. Oedipus prophecy was that he would murder his father and marry his mother. Oedipus grew up in the kingdom of Corinth where he believed that he was the son of the Kings of Corinth; when Oedipus discovered that he is destined to kill his father and marry his mother, Oedipus decides to leave Corinth and try to prevent the prophecy from happening. Unknowingly to him during his escape from his destiny, Oedipus murderers his father and eventually marries his mother and fulfils the prophecy. After reading Oedipus the King I believe that one of the main ideas of Oedipus the King is that Oedipus own tragic flaws lead to the fulfillment of the prophecy and his eventual downfall. Two of the minor tragic flaws that lead to Oedipus downfall were his arrogance and short temper. Trough out the book we are able to see how Oedipus humiliates and gets into arguments with the people that telling him the truth about his real parents and that are trying to help him to find the “unknown” …show more content…

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how oedipus fulfills his prophecy, which was that he would murder his father and marry his mother.
  • Analyzes how oedipus humiliates and gets into arguments with the people that tell him the truth about his real parents and the current situation of thebes.
  • Analyzes how oedipus humiliates and gets into arguments with the people that tell him the truth about his real parents and the current situation of thebes.
  • Analyzes how oedipus' quest for knowledge and his willingness to don't find the truth were tragic flaws that led to his downfall.
  • Analyzes how oedipus' quest for knowledge and his willingness to don't find the truth were tragic flaws that led to his downfall.

Since Oedipus grew up in the kingdom of Corinth to some extend he was safe from his prophecy. Oedipus’ downfall can be attributed to many different things, but Oedipus own tragic flaws lead him to the path where he fulfilled his prophecy. Oedipus arrogance and pride made sure that he couldn’t have the help that he need it to understand the truth. Oedipus curiosity and willingness to don’t find the whole truth led him to the path of ignorance that was responsible for his departure from Corinth. The pride that Oedipus felt for solving the sphinx riddle and been the King of Thebes was the last nail in the coffin that led to his downfall, if Oedipus had listened to what the people that were trying to help him had to said, Oedipus could have been able to prevent his

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