Essay about Oedipus The King By Sophocles

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In the mythical story Oedipus the King by Sophocles, the protagonist is plagued with the ultimate sin of hubris which provides him with the false belief of being equal to the Gods due to his own greatness. The tragic flaw of pride had caused the downfall of Oedipus because he attempted to go against the Gods by refusing to accept his fate and fulfill the prophecy. In order to maintain his power in Thebes, Oedipus is determined to save his people from the plague as well as himself by finding the murderer of King Laius. Oedipus had become a hero worthy of being viewed as a God by the people of Thebes however, his own pride had destroyed his legacy leading to an everlasting punishment provided by the Gods for his disobedience. Throughout various forms of entertainment such as stories and movies, the idea of hubris remains an invaluable theme with the purpose of demonstrating the imperfections of an individual. Sophocles curses the character Oedipus with this destructive trait to demonstrate how one 's pride and dedication to maintain their superiority can essentially leaving them vulnerable and contribute to their own downfall due to the feeling of being unbeatable.
Throughout this Greek tragedy, Oedipus was guilty of possessing a variety of flawed characteristics such as his persistence to uncover the hidden truth within Thebes in order to save his people as well as his uncontrollable acts of rage that were exposed when he accused Creon of treason and attacking King Laius.…

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