When Oedipus is first presented in the play, he is established as a confident, concerned ruler that is esteemed by his subjects. He makes it clear in his opening speech that he is superior, stating “I Oedipus whom all men call the Great” (Oedipus 8). Furthermore, when the chorus comes to ask him if he could help them get rid of the plagues, he exuded the qualities of a knowledgeable king with great leadership attributes such as taking interest in his people’s affairs and accepting responsibility, “…sick though you are, that is as sick as I myself…My spirit groans for city and myself and you at once” (Oedipus 60). Although Oedipus is dedicated to ensuring that what they ask of him is resolved, he talks down to them full of pride, almost as if he was... [continues]
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