Oedipus' pride is an inherited characteristic. Even before his glory and power as King of Thebes, he allowed his conceit to affect his judgment and rule his actions. Unknowingly, Oedipus fulfills Apollo's oracle, which is a vision, when he encounters a group of men at a crossroad. The driver offends Oedipus as he goes by brushing against Oedipus, intensifying Oedipus' anger. Although the contact, is just a slight intrusion, Oedipus, outraged that someone would have the nerve to trouble him "paid them back with interest" and "killed every one of them, every mother's son". As he recounts the incident to Jocasta he is not remorseful for the loss of life or for his part in the crime. Instead, Oedipus' tone is one of satisfaction that he got revenge. Had his arrogance not interfered, Oedipus would not have made the rash decision to kill all of the party and would not have ended up making the vision come true.
Oedipus' self-confidence blinds him to his fate predestined by the gods. This is another example of Oedipus’ hubris getting in the way. Dramatic irony is present when Oedipus tries to bypass the horrible prophecy of him killing his father and being romantic with his mother, because he is taking steps that will make the prophecy come true. Again his overconfidence contributes to the i...
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...h him. Despite the shepherd's old age, Oedipus rules by his temper and threatens to torture the shepherd, "So you won't talk willingly - then you'll talk with pain". Oedipus' cruelty indeed literally squeezes his own demise out of the shepherd: "You're a dead man is I have to ask again". Again, Oedipus is blind to the subtle hints the shepherd leaves for Oedipus to decipher. Until now, Oedipus's pride has blinded him from the truth and from seeing other's intentions because he has been stubborn.
When isolated, each of these events may be looked at as a simple mistake, but a pattern appears when looking at the whole story. Oedipus’ hamartia is what leads to his tragic downfall. His hubris is his main character flaw which affects him negatively in many ways. If he could have got past his hubris, his situations may have turned out very differently.
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