Sophocles brings the audience into the play as if they had been late for the meeting, and we can see that confident Oedipus is standing in front of all the people of Thebes and proclaims, “I am Oedipus” (9) which really demonstrates Oedipus’ arrogance. It would seem that there is no part of him that is believes that he doesn’t know who he is. However, one can’t blame Oedipus for his arrogance, because before he arrived in Thebes he thought that he was living the life that he was destined to live. In the beginning, there is nothing that would lead him to believe that all his life he has been deceived. To Oedipus he has followed his destiny in...
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to the audience it may seem that Oedipus has at last discovered who he truly is, but Sophocles doesn’t believe that he has had a true revelation and continues on
Bill Clinton’s quote is important to the questions that Sophocles raises firstly because does Oedipus truly learn from his mistakes or does he keep allowing for destiny and fate to rule and ruin his life. Oedipus is a man of quick thinking and rash decisions, which constantly continue to unravel the story more and more. But even as he continues to find out the truth that is hurting him, from his quick acting decisions, he still continues to do the same. He obviously isn’t learning from his mistakes.
From Sophocles viewpoint, Oedipus is meant to be a cautionary tale against two main things, his blindness and his arrogance, which together led to his not really knowing who he was as a person.
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