When he asks Teirisias, “What parents? Stay…and who of men is my sire?” (123), he doubts his origins. For his entire life, Oedipus had been certain that Polybus and Merope were his parents. Not knowing his origins shows that he’s not omniscient. This ambiguity throughout the play causes Oedipus to question every bit of evidence about Laius’s killer as he tries to figure out who killed him. Oedipus also tries to figure out what his true origins are. This search for his identity after realizing he is not certain of anything is the focus of the play.
As a result of his uncertainty and lack of knowledge, Oedipus’s actions become brazen and unjust. Showing his lack of knowledge of all the facts, he accuses Teirisias and Creon of conspiring to dethrone him, even though they are innocent. Creon tells Oedipus, “If you think that stubbornness without sense is a good gift you are not wise” (126). Here, Creon points out Oedipus’s rash judgment and persistence, yet Oedipus continues to be stubborn. Oedipus’s refusal to stop and admit that he is wrong exemplifies his hubris and contributes to his