The Tragedy of Oedipus by Sophocles

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In the tragedy play Oedipus by Sophocles, Oedipus’ self-destruction and fall from the power leaves him as the villain and not the hero. The very thing he fights so hard to discover is at leads to his self-destruction. Therefore, we tend to feel sorrow for Oedipus seeing that was only the fate of the God and the oracles. Oedipus is a tragic hero who fails to achieve happiness in such a way that it brings upon fear and pity by everyone. First we look at Oedipus behaviors at the beginning, we can see that he was an amazing person, worrying for his people. “Tell me, and never doubt that I will help you in every way I can…” (line 13, 863) Oedipus was a very carrying king; he cared for Thebes and his people with unconditional love. When he was exiled from his beloved city, he did it by choice, but the fact that he left in order for the plague to vanish shows his leadership qualities. The part in the play was very sad and heartbreaken because Oedipus leaves the city in which he ruled and saved from the sphinx. The Chorus in the play and people in Thebes are deeply sympathetic to Oedipus, and appreciative his willingness to go voluntarily into exile to save the city. They say: “You overcame the stranger, the virgin with her hooking lion claws and though death sang, stood like a tower to make pale Thebes take heart, fortress against our sorrow! True king, giver of laws, majestic Oedipus! No prince in Thebes had ever such renown; no prince won such grace of power.”(899) Oedipus was the first and last king who treated Thebes as an equal, he loved the people and they loved him too. Even though many people say that Oedipus was the one to cause the plague and that he was an embarrassment to the city, he was also the one to free the city of the plague. Therefore, we can conclude that Oedipus solved the riddle of the sphinx previously. To some people he may not be a hero or a villain; however he could ignore the fact that he was a murderer of king Laois and go on with his...
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