Analysis Of Oedipus

Submitted By Caleb-Lucas
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According to ancient Greeks, humans were always in the middle of a tragedy. They were convinced that just one or many gods could shape their life story. In the play Oedipus, written by Sophocles, King Oedipus was both hero and hubris as well as destined and destructive.
When he was a little baby, Oedipus was orphaned and left on top of a mountain. He was adopted into a wealthy family who had no children. Raised as royalty, Oedipus’s prideful personality inevitably led to his downfall. Additionally, his destiny, which was determined by the will of the gods, led to his demise. After Oedipus unknowingly murdered his biological father Laius, Oedipus became the most powerful man in Thebes. As history has shown, power often leads to to an inflated sense of importance. This is exactly what happened to Oedipus. When a wise blind man named Tiresias told him that it was he who had killed the king, he was shocked. Oedipus was enraged. As a man saturated with pride, originally Oedipus refused to accept what the oracle had said but as he investigated further, the blinding disbelief was slowly lifted from his eyes. In the beginning of the story Oedipus was inflexible, not willing to change or learn. However, he slowly being to accept the miserable story he heard about himself at a party. Now that he could conceive the truth he was stunned. The very thing that he had irreversibly cursed upon the “mysterious killer” meant that he initially vowed to blame another man. Shockingly, there was nobody but himself that was responsible for the murder of his father Laius. While he was so busy bragging about himself, he didn’t…