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The series of events that occur before and after the prophecy revealed by the gods is fulfilled can be fully explained only through the idea that Oedipus Rex was a man propelled by flaws in his own nature While it may be argued that certain coincidences could not have happened without the influence of outside forces ultimately it was Oedipuss own choices and actions that brought about his fate If it wasnt for the presence of the faults that led Oedipus to make those choices or take those actions he may have been able to avoid the ill fortune that befell him Oedipus main flaw is his pride This pride stems into various other negative characteristics including arrogance rashness and willingness to ignore the truth Oedipus pride first comes into play when he encounters his father Laios at Phokis the crossroads where three roads meet A crossroad is a place where a choice must be made of which path will be taken This is symbolic of Oedipus making an important decision when he killed Laios at the crossroads This was a rash and impulsive decision which had its roots in Oedipus pride Oedipus who thought himself the son of the king of Corinth was greatly insulted when Laios and his men who had the appearance of common highway men since they were traveling in disguise forced him out of their way His pride having been offended Oedipus lost his temper and killed all five of them including Laios In this incident Oedipus pride is clearly visible as the governing force behind his decisions His arrogance is demonstrated yet again when he recalls the story to his wife Iocaste saying He was paid back and more p43 in reference to how Laios died by his hand Oedipus pride and confidence in himself grows even further as he is proclaimed king of Thebes for having defeated the Sphinx The people of Thebes look
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