Essay on Oedipus The King By Sophocles

1674 Words Oct 6th, 2016 7 Pages
Pride, one of the most deeply engraved emotion in human society. In Oedipus the King by Sophocles we go on an adventure with Oedipus to find and solve the mysteries of Thebes and his past. Oedipus is the king of Thebes, he loves and cares for his city and his people, but unfortunately his pride, his darkness overpowers his mind and leads him to ruin. Oedipus runs away from his fate for the entirety of the story but as he thought he has escaped his fate his pride, his darkness’s control, guides him towards his inevitable fate. Oedipus is a man filled with character flaws although he had some good qualities as a king, his character flaws greatly outweighs what little positive qualities he has because his naiveté and lack of common sense which would lead him to problematic situations which could’ve been easily prevented, Oedipus’s pride, one of his major character flaws would prove to blind and deafen him to logic and reason, and lastly his lack of self control, letting his stubbornness and curiosity run rampant all over his mind ultimately leading to his downfall.

Oedipus’s naivete and lack of common sense made him fail to see and decipher the mystery of the plague. One example of Oedipus’s lack of common sense would be when he assumes throughout the play that he is the most intelligent and resourceful person out of everyone in Thebes just because he managed to solve the riddle of the Sphinx he even go as far as to ask why his people ask the god for help instead of him, “You…

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