Oedipus The King : Is Responsible For The Tragedy Of Oedipus?

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Literature Essay-Oedipus The King

Prompt: Who do you think is responsible for the tragedy of Oedipus? (Some candidates: the gods (Apollo), fate, Oedipus’ hubris, Tiresias, Jocasta and Laius, the sphinx.)

David Liu 27
Mr. de Groof

According to Collins English Dictionary, the definition of hubris is “an excess of ambition, pride”. Hubris is a person like Oedipus in this play who tricks himself. Throughout the story of Oedipus the king, Sophocles developed the story by building up the characteristic of each character from the start to made the story end as a tragedy. The protagonist, Oedipus, shows might and arrogance without acknowledging the truth. Oedipus’ hubris is responsible for the pollution that at the end leads to his downfall. His stubborn mind and blindness made him never thought himself as the murderer of Laius, a husband of his own mother, and are thirsting to find the truth later on.

In the beginning of the play, citizens of Thebes found the country polluted by an enigmatic reason. People suffered from poor crops, unsounded herds. Furthermore, the poverty spread through out the whole city. Seek for a salvation, people asked for their mighty king, Oedipus for an answer. Oedipus has a great virtue as being a king and worries about his kingdom. But he never question about himself. This could be traced back to the day when he solved the riddle of the sphinx and saved Thebes. In request, he was crowned the king of Thebes and married the queen of…

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