Oedipus The King Of Oedipus Essay

821 Words May 23rd, 2016 4 Pages
Cocky and confident are two very different traits. They both have one thing in common which is to be successful. The major difference between the two are when one is cocky, one is overconfident and has a big ego. The one with confidence has more of a humble personality and has assurance with every challenge that waits upon one. Confidence overpowers cockiness. The cocky trait is heavily represented in the story “Oedipus the King” (c. 430 B.C.) by Sophocles. In the story, Oedipus the king of Thebes has the cocky trait and it results in torture for life. Oedipus’s arrogant personality shows throughout the story as he tries to find the killer of the former king of Thebes, his father. Oedipus tends to deem himself as a god throughout the story which plays a big role in interaction with people around him. Sophocles uses characterization to convey that overconfidence tends to lead to failure. Initially, Sophocles uses the tragic flaw of Oedipus to prove that his over confident and arrogant attitude will lead to nothing but trouble. Oedipus’s attitude from the beginning of the story already shows the big ego he possesses: “Here I am myself— you all know me, the world knows my fame: I am Oedipus” (7-9). Oedipus here shows that everyone throughout the world knows who he is and knows what “power” he retains under himself. The reality is that Oedipus deems himself as a god when really he has the king of Thebes label given to him. Oedipus did not earn and/or prove that he deserves to…

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