Oedipus is of high rank, a member of the nobility. The Priest says to Oedipus, “Oedipus, king, we bend to you, your power—we implore you, all of us on our knees: find us strength, rescue!” (Sophocles l. 50-53). In these lines, the Priest is speaking for others by telling Oedipus that he gives them strength and that they look up to him. Since his people look up to him because he is the king, it shows that he has a lot of power over his people. The Priest, is speaking for everyone when he is speaking to Oedipus. Oedipus starts speaking and he says, “Speak out, speak to us all. I grieve for these, my people, far more than I fear for my own life” (Sophocles l. 104-105). Oedipus is saying that he does not care that he was going to say the news in front of the people of Thebes. Being a member of the nobility means having to explain everything in detail. Oedipus does this and says, “My father Polybus, king of Corinth, My mother, a Dorian, Merope. And I was held the prince of the realm among the people there, till something st...
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...h mankind will thrust upon you. Where are the public gatherings you can join, the banquets of the clans? Home you’ll come, in tears, cut off from the sight of it all, the brilliant rites unfinished” (Sophocles l.1622-1634). In these lines, Oedipus is talking to his children telling them that they are siblings but he is also their father. He also explains to them that he wants them to have a better life than him. However, when he brings up the topic of marriage, he says that no one will marry them because he is the one that ruined that for them.
Overall, Oedipus is a classic example of being a tragic hero. He once was a king of Thebes; however, he lost it all when he confessed to what he did to his father. At the end, he looses everything he once held power of. He looses his wife/ mother, Jocasta, the power of being a king, and his two children, Antigone and Ismene.
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