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A master artisan and innovator of the Greek tragedy Sophocless insightful plays have held their value throughout countless time periods and societies Sophocles was the second of the three great Greek authors of tragedies Born in Colonus a small city not too far from Athens Sophocles grew to know the ways of people and the lives they lead He was well known for depicting people as they are instead of the way they should be like his teacher Euripides His tragedies earned him many prizes in various drama competitions He served as an Athenian general and as a member of delegations to other states He also played an active role in religion in many Athenians lives Sophocles wrote one of his greatest plays Oedipus at Colonus when he was nearly 90 Out of over 120 plays written by Sophocles only 7 complete plays survived Adding paintings to his works followed by suspense and intrigue earned Sophocles the honor of being one of the best known playwright from his time and one that the world would never confuse with his followers that want to aspire to influence literature as a whole in the future Through the use of common literary techniques Sophocles was able to express themes and ideas that reflect all of humankind On particular idea was that Sophocles believed that hubris is destructive and will eventually lead to ones demise Oedipus the proud king of Thebes has such a fatal flaw His hubris alienates Teiresias Creon and his people Teiresias attempts to explain to Oedipus the severity of Oedipuss actions but Oedipus only shuns Teiresias No matter how potent the signs Oedipus would not yield Scene 5 Line 47 Oedipuss hubris prevents him from recognizing his self-destructive behavior Instead he accuses Teiresias of disloyalty and succumbing to bribery He feels Teiresias has sold out Scene 5 Line 65 and that Oedipus was the butt for the dull arrows of doddering
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