Oedipus The King Literary Analysis

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Having too much knowledge can destroy, more than it can benefit. The truth can bring light into our life as well darkness. It may haunt us in the future and nothing is recoverable. In Oedipus Rex by Sophocles, a Greek tragedy, Oedipus becomes king after saving the city from the Sphinx but, Thebes was contaminated by a dreadful plague; a plague caused by Oedipus himself. The son of the King from Cornith, was honored and applauded by various people of Thebes for his fearless action. The citizens saw his actions as heroic and made him King. The city is in ruins and it is Oedipus’ duty to save the city once again. He must find and execute the murderer of Laius who was once the king of Thebes and secretly the father of Oedipus. But to Oedipus’s …show more content…
The Chorus justifies to Oedipus, “Pride breeds the tyrant violent pride, gorging, crammed to bursting with all that is overripe and rich with ruin—clawing up to the heights, headlong pride crashes down the abyss—sheer doom!” (963-967). Oedipus is so blinded by his power; it shows the lack of apprehension towards anything else but his throne. The quote foreshadows Oedipus’ outcome due to his fatal traits. Yet, he constantly fails to fully understand the warnings given to him. Oedipus believed the title that he was given would always save him from his troubles, but he was horribly wrong. Being ignorant and having too much confidence truly aided to his downfall. Even with Apollos warning, Tiresias is called by Oedipus to inform him on who the murderer is. Oedipus lacks to see the blind prophet 's hints but he still demands the truth. Tiresias explains to Oedipus that the truth will never solve his problems, but it will add on. Oedipus is …show more content…
Oedipus is filled with determination. Finding and slaying the murderer is his first priority. Oedipus is the people pleaser and will not let anyone down; except he does. The people admire his actions in trying to solve the mystery. Oedipus’ thirst for knowledge takes over him; not realizing the truth will scar him internally. Tiresias advises Oedipus to forget about the truth, but of course he ignores. He foreshadows, “Blind who now has eyes, beggar who is now rich, he will grope his way toward a foreign soil, a stick tapping before him step by step” (516-519). The reveal of the truth is too much for Oedipus to handle that eventually, he becomes blind. Once everyone knew the identification of the criminal behind the case, the city of Thebes despised King Oedipus and wanted him to suffer immensely. His lifestyle, throne and mental health all vanished like dust in the air. Also playing a huge factor of his downfall. Everything he had to be able to survive was taken away. More than one person has warned Oedipus about the horrible truth. Jocasta, his mother and wife, pleads “Oh, no listen to me, I beg you, don’t do this. No please- for your sake- I want the best for you! You’re doomed- may you never fathom who you are!” (168-174). Unaware of the situation, he continues his quest but it becomes too late. The quote shows how ignorant and foolish he is to please others, rather than trying to saving himself. Oedipus

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