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In the play Oedipus the King by Sophocles Oedipus self-destruction and fall from power leaves him as the villain and not the hero in this play The very thing he fights so hard to discover is what leads to his self-destruction Oedipus is the only one to blame for this destruction even though he tries to place the blame on others Oedipus real traits are shown in his downfall his haste his anger and his truthfulness are his greatest enemies The story portrays Oedipus lack of patients Oedipus wants to put an end to all this commotion as soon as he can He threatens to kill anyone with holding information about the murder of Laios Tiresias is playing games with Oedipus by trying his patients with what he knows Tiresias shows this when he says None of you knows and I will never reveal my dreadful secrets not to say your own We can tell how upset and impatient Oedipus is getting when he says What You know and you wont tell Youre bent on betraying us destroying Thebes If Oedipus would have been patient with Tiresias he might not have been so upset about what he was told Oedipus anger is another trait that does not help him He gets angry with Tiresias when he will not tell Oedipus what he knows We can also see Oedipus anger when he insults Tiresias by saying to him old man Youve lost your power stone-blind stone-deaf-senses eyes blind as stone As Oedipus anger comes out he begins to show the people his true self and it slowly leads to his downfall Throughout the entire story we see the trait that is Oedipus greatest enemy his own truthfulness Oedipus gives every issue an honest look When evidence is found that Oedipus was involved in this whole ordeal he accepts it when he states I think that I myself may be accurst by my own
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