Destruction Through Excessive Pride

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In the story of Oedipus Rex, Laius and Jocaste are king and queen of Thebes, and the parents of Oedipus. Laius was warned by an oracle that he would be killed by his own son. Determined to prevent his fate, Laius pierced and bound together the feet of his newborn child and left him to die on a lonely mountain. The infant was rescued by a shepherd and given to Polybus, king of Corinth, who named the child Oedipus and raised him as his own son. Oedipus did not know that he was adopted, and when an oracle proclaimed that he would kill his father, he left Corinth. On his way from leaving, he met and killed Laius, believing that the king and his followers were a band of robbers, there fulfilling his prophecy. Oedipus arrived at Thebes, where he defeats the Sphinx and marries his mother.

Throughout this play Oedipus shows too much pride and arrogance toward everyone that he comes across. He always has to have the last word. He does not care what effect the outcome of his words and actions will later have on others. In many ways President Bush and some with Adolf Hitler do the same in their ways of leading things.

The excessive pride or arrogance of an individual, proved to be an omnipresent theme in Oedipus Rex. On many occasions throughout the play, Oedipus, the main character who later has a tragic downfall, speaks in an arrogant fashion. Early on in the play Oedipus addresses a crowd of people: "I, Oedipus who bear the famous name." His self glorification and constant reminders of his brave feats illustrate excessive pride in himself. Like Oedipus, President Bush displays great populist enthusiasm in his devoted speeches, but primarily serves wealthy investors who subsidize his election campaigns and share with him their comfortable lifestyle. As he himself jokes, he treats these individuals at the pinnacle of our economy as his true political "base."

When confronting the seer, Teiresias, Oedipus loses his temper and attempts to talk down to him,...
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