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His fate was sealed by his actions of pride and determination. His pride of conquering the Sphinx led him to the marriage of Jocasta, his mother. Many people use pride as a weapon to cover their feelings. They feel pride helps seal the wounds in the heart and mind, but will not realize that only for a while. When avenging Jocasta's previous husband, and his true father, King Laius death, he was blinded by his pride to the concept that perhaps he was the murderer. Pride leads people to believe very strongly about themselves but not realizing that too much pride is not good. Sometimes pride is thought of as a positive characteristic, that may lead to one's downfall if it is expressed as egotism. Not knowing the truth, Oedipus cursed himself as people make the same mistakes in today's society. Pride in people make them seem ugly and other people tend to stay away. I have believe people that act like this, always seem to cry for help by using pride, always hiding a deep black secret. Just like Oedipus the King, he failed to realize his connections to Jocasta and Laius, but recognition of the truth would bring him to his eventual suffrage. When the blind prophet Teiresias stated that Oedipus was the murderer of King Laius, Oedipus pride prevented him to believe. Pride makes people blind to see the truth. However, other events opened his eyes to the tragedy, which had taken place. When realization came, he recognized the truth of what he had done; Oedipus stabbed his eyes, a simple physical suffering compared to the torture of his soul. He had fulfilled the prophecy because of his own actions, which he had believed were beneficial based on highly respected attitudes of pride and determination.

What role did Oedipus pride and excessive self-confidence play in his tragedy

Sheniqua Major

February 23, 2009

Oedipus Pride

The tragic story of a man who can’t avoid his pre-destined fate, and that some things just can’t be changed by the people in your life no matter how hard they try. Bold, reckless, and arrogant were words that came to mind when I thought of Oedipus before reading Sophocles' Oedipus the King. Based on background information, I figured that this man was somewhat of a good ruler but a terrible person. A man who would murder his father and marry his mother must surely be a nasty person, even if the crimes were committed "accidentally". I saw him as a man trying to use the oracles as a scapegoat, and trying to push blame around him as if it were not his fault. I thought of him as a weak person who could not stand up to his own actions. Oedipus, the main character of this tragedy, he is a protagonist ruled by conflict and fate. I think Sophocles was trying to get across the point that even the greatest leaders eventually have a down fall to them, and that everyone is not perfect. Using Oedipus as an ideal model, Aristotle says that a tragic hero must be an important or influential man who makes an error in judgment, and who must then suffer the consequences of his actions.

When we first meet Oedipus he is being met by hoards of distressed townspeople. Like a good leader, Oedipus listens to the problems of his citizens and with the confidence only fit for a king, declares he will fix the problem. Oedipus' pride is an inherited characteristic. Even before his glory and power as King of Thebes, he allowed his conceit to affect his judgment and rule his actions. Oedipus actually seems like a very good leader in this setting. He is a leader full of compassion and justice. He is also very swift and is full of candor; something needed to ease the nerves of his townspeople.

He vows to fix their problem and bring tough justice down on whoever the culprit is, even if it is someone close to him....

Oedipus arrogantly tells the Chorus, "You pray to the gods

Once again Oedipus pride got in the way. In conclusion, I think that if Oedipus had not had this huge sense of pride things would have turn out a lot better for him.

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