Oedipus

Tragic Hero

Summary

In this tragic play by Sophocles, Oedipus is blinded by his hubris. Oedipus's sense of hubris has caused suffering to others and himself because he cannot except that he is the plague. He does this by denying his fate that he will marry his mother and kill his father. As the story goes on Oedipus is determined to find the person who has brought suffering to the city, he then encounters Creon. Oedipus says "You dare to show your face? You come to my house, a man who killed the king and now wants me dead...You have some nerve."(pg. 85). This is one of the points in the book where Oedipus's hubris shows and has no longer good intentions for everyone but for himself. After Oedipus's and Creon's encounter, Oedipus encounters Tiresias. Just like before Oedipus blames Theresias for the blights on the city and mocks him for his blindness, ironically showing that Oedipus cannot see reason. Later on in the story Oedipus realizes that he is the one who has brought the blights to his city and has fulfilled his fate that he will marry his mother and kill his father. His wife/mother then kills herself for she cannot bere being married to her son, as for Oedipus he stabs his eyes with his wife/mothers broches and blinds himself.



Events or People in Oedipus Tyrannos

Thematic Claim

Sophocles',"Oedipus Tyrannos," utilizes hubris in order to argue that pride deteriorates the ability to see reason.

Evidence

"I am faithful to myself" (90).

  • -Oedipus says this to Creon when they argue. Creon calls him a "a faithless friend" (90) but Oedipus has too much self-confidence in himself that he completely disagrees with whatever Creon says to him.

"I was that blight, that, stain, and I could not gaze with steady eyes upon those images I loved that now despise me" (129).

  • -Oedipus continues to realize that he is cause the cause of the suffering of Thebes and because of his hubris, he cannot bear to look at the people whom he wronged and tried to guide him.

"Let him go, then, even if it means that I must die, or in dishonor be driven out into exile" (93)?

  • -Oedipus's hubris causes him to not be able to take the accusations that Creon has made against him well, also because of his hubris he does not want to die or be banned from Thebes in dishonor.

Who is the Tragic Hero

In Oedipus Tyrannos, Oedipus is the tragic hero. In order to qualify as a tragic hero the person needs to be of noble birth, and Oedipus is the son of King Laius and Queen Jocasta of Thebes, however he is also the husband of Queen Jocasta. Through a prophecy, first known by King Laius, Oedipus is fated by the Gods to live in great suffering for example blinding himself, and his wife/mother killing herself. Oedipus does contain some heroic attributes, such as, being vigorously involved as a king, for example trying to find King Laius' killer, also he tries to put the people of Thebes in peace as they try to figure why the Thebes is cursed. Even though Oedipus is fated, his choices such as disrespecting Tiresias and Creon, as well as accusing them of treachery, because both Tiresias and Creon tell Oedipus is the curse of Thebes, caused him to continue his fate; if he were to have followed what both Tiresias and Creon had said Oedipus's fate could have had a different outcome.

Humorous View on Oedipus

Thebes

Oedipus's Family Tree (It's Complicated)