The Oedipus Plays of Sophocles: Oedipus The King
Oedipus the king a son of prophecies, a gift or a curse? Oedipus the king of Thebes, son of the late King Laius and Queen Jocasta; at birth a prophecy was placed upon him that he would kill his father, marry his mother, and bare children with her. The king and queen came to the conclusion that their one and only son must be killed in efforts to save the kingdom. They couldn’t find the strength to do it themselves so they give him to a servant to kill. This servant then gives him to a shepherd who gives Oedipus to a king and queen who cannot have children. King Polybus and Queen Merope raised him as their own, when he is older he leaves the city of Corinth in fear that the prophecy will come true. The trilogies of Oedipus The King make its focus on the tragedy of Oedipus’s life; it makes it clear that Oedipus is a tragic hero with his good intentions, he’s way to continuously show his tragic flaws, and the way he brings about his own downfall in the play.
Oedipus is a tragic hero because he is high born and he has good intentions. An example of Oedipus’s high stature is shown when the Priest is coming to him for help to save the city. The Priest gives a good idea of Oedipus being high born when he says, “ King Oedipus, the sovereign of our land...”(Roche 5). This quote is showing Oedipus is of a high stature because the city people are looking to him to save and solve all their problems because he has done it once before. Another example of Oedipus acting as a tragic hero is when he shows he has good intentions on Bivins 2
saving the city of Thebes. He shows he really wants to save the city when he says, “... Clues breed clues and we must snatch at straws.”(Roche 10). This quote shows that Oedipus is going to try his best to find the late King Laius’ killer, which eventually leads to his own downfall. Oedipus is told to be a tragic hero because he is consistent and exhibits a tragic flaw. He...
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