Oedipus Rex, written by Sophocles is a well known Greek tragedy, that is read by millions around the world. Oedipus flaws lead to his status as a character, and as a king. His flaws also led to his downfall as the king of Thebes. Oedipus has many flaws, the major ones are how he was very arrogant, selfish, and having a very bad temper. These flaws led Oedipus to be seen as a static character.
Oedipus was given the responsibility of killing King Laius’s murderer. He was so confident and sure he would find the killer. But that is where irony fell in place because the whole time Oedipus didn 't know that he was Laius’s murderer. A tragedy is a serious drama featuring a noble, dignified main character who strives to achieve something but ends up being defeated. Often the main character downfall is brought by his or her own flaw.
In the beginning of the play, the author portrays Oedipus as a proud and arrogant man which causes him to initiate the search for the answer of the mystery. Oedipus is introduced with a problem in his kingdom so he sends “Creon, Jocasta’s brother, to Apollo, to his Pythian temple..[to] learn there by what act..[Oedipus] could save this city” (78-82). Creon reports that the Black Plague will terminate when “the man whom had murdered the previous king of Thebes, Laius,” receives death or banishment (112-113). Oedipus is oblivious to the fact that he is the killer of Laius so he orders his men to begin to probe for clues. He wants to be projected as a king who will go to any extreme for the kingdom’s prosperity.
Throughout the tragedy of Oedipus the King, Oedipus displays his imperfectly noble being for all to see. While Oedipus had saved the Thebans from the Sphinx’s riddle, Oedipus’s nobel pride and anger lead to his destruction as he attempted to find Laios’s murderer. In his mistreatment of Teiresias, and his false allegations towards Creon being a usurper, Oedipus shows his imperfectly noble character as he foolishly attempts to fight fate and the gods will. Oedipus and his imperfectly noble nature appear again and again as he attempts to solve the murder of the previous King. Oedipus first showed his nature at the beginning of the play, when he first made his proclamation to the people of Thebes, announcing a curse on any person, including
Oedipus the King Oedipus the King, the masterpiece of Sophocles, is considered a great tragedy filled with ironies and contradictions between the characters and their personalities. Oedipus is the major character in the story who tries to find out the murderer of Laios who was the king of Thebes. By the time he struggles to solve the problem he is unaware that he is going to find out his own biological father and going to be claimed as the murderer. Actually, this is the main question in this play; how is it possible for Oedipus not to know himself? Is there a really chance that he could not be guilty and be totally innocent?
As the play ends Oedipus Has a huge downfall at the end of the book. Oedipus is the perfect Greek tragic hero because he begins his journey with high status his flaw emerges and experiences a crushing downfall. As the play opens Oedipus is of noble birth and shows goodness. Oedipus is of the noble name the king. When the play states “I Oedipus, your world-renowned king”(Sophocles 1).
He hints around saying that Oedipus is the killer. Oedipus stands up for himself and blames Teiresias for being jealous of Oedipus because he is the new king and all he wants is to steal the throne away from Oedipus with this outrageous alimony. During this part of the story, Oedipus shows many qualities of a leader.
Kami Worley THTR 101: Intro to Theater Prof. Bingham 14 January 2018 Oedipus the King Oedipus is King of Thebes which is known to end due to sickness and later death. Creon, who is the brother of the queen Jocasta, goes to the oracle Apollo to try to stop the plague by receiving a serum. When he arrives at Apollo, he is told that the only way the plague can be lifted from Thebes is if the murder of Jocasta’s first husband, also known as Thebes previous king, who was killed, is in return killed. Oedipus curses whoever brought this prosperity onto his people and he is determined to go out and find his true identity. First, he goes to a blind prophet named Tiresias, who later blames Oedipus and tells him that he himself is the one he is looking for.
This casted a doom over Laius’s progeny in which he was accursed to be killed by his own son, who will later on get married to his wife (Sigmapublications.com). So after Oedipus’s birth, an oracle revealed this truth to Laius about the child. Laius thus impasse the child’s feet with pins and ordered Jocasta to kill it. However, nothing can go against the gods’ will, so overwhelmed with pity, Jocasta gave the child to a shepherd, who later on gave it to another shepherd. The former gave the child to the childless Pelops, King of