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Oedipus The Architect For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction Newtons first law In other words there are consequences be they good or bad for everything we do A persons character defined by the qualities they display is what guides their actions If Oedipus character is responsible for his actions and the consequences of his actions represent his tragedy then his character or character flaws are responsible for the tragedy The dominant flaws in Oedipus character are his superstitious nature his short temper and impulsiveness and his stubbornness Oedipus tragic fall is not written in the stars but is brought about consequentially by the flaws that shine through when his character is put to the test Normally superstitions are innocent even healthy However when they influence important decisions or precipitate unnecessary actions the pretense of innocence grows thin and the repercussions of those actions reveal them for what they under most circumstances are mistakes bad calls screw ups etc Oedipus let his belief and fear of Apollos prophecy that he would kill his father marry his mother control his actions on more than one occasion Oedipus belief in Apollos prophecy was strong enough to bring him to Thebes and keep him there after the first half of the prophecy had supposedly proven false First thinking of his parents he leaves his comfortable place in Corinth thinking to spare them His leaving Corinth out of fear of the prophecy puts him first at the scene of a murder then in Thebes where he becomes very popular and marries their recently widowed queen Then when he hears of his fathers death which discredits the first half of the prophecy he says I must still fear- and who would not- A marriage with their motherpg 67 His fear is still strong enough to cause him to stay in Thebes where he is guilty of the very acts that inspire his fears Oedipus fear of
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