Once Oedipus realizes the extent that his hubris has ruined his life, he is so overcome with sorrow that he forces himself to never see again by gouging out his eyes. Oedipus’ “self-blinding is followed by a demand that he be cast from the city, self-cursed and loathsome to himself, his countrymen and his family.”(Hogan P. 21) After Oedipus’ is fully aware of his actions, he realizes he must follow the punishment that he created for the perpetrator. The regret and sorry Oedipus experiences during this revelation are hidden iniquity is massive. Oedipus is immediately humbled, and is so heart-broken that he accused Creon of treason that Oedipus displays honor by begging for banishment from Thebes. This intrepid honor is critical for the audience to sympathize with Oedipus, making him less of a character and more of fellow human struck by fate. Though Oedipus’ integrity and title are shattered, he honors his own preemptive punishment of banishment carried out by …show more content…
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