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Oedipus Rex A Man of Many Traits All characters in pieces of English literature portray their own character traits which makes them and the story what they are In Sophocles renowned play Oedipus Rex there is no exception when it comes to the main character Oedipus From the beginning until the end Oedipus piety confidence and reason are portrayed allowing everyone to see his positive side These traits however are taken over respectively by impiety passion and a lack of confidence These negative traits tend to show when his pride is being threatened Oedipus places himself on a constant level with the gods yet for the most part he holds utmost respect for them He not only believes this himself but also is placed close to the gods by other people such as priests and the people of Thebes As to the man surest in mortal ways and wisest in the way of gods 37-38 Although he holds himself on a constant level with the Gods he does so out of respect for himself and the Gods Only when his pride is threaten does he acknowledge himself as being better then Gods A gods touch it seems enabled you to help us 42 By this no one means any disrespect to the Gods yet they do see Oedipus as being close to them Oedipus is seen to have saved their town from the Sphinx became king and now is determined to avenge Laois death This puts him at a level of high respect among his people Oedipus is not only a man of confidence he is a man of reason for the most part It is honorable to think and act with reason rather then passion and Oedipus does so to a certain extent When Oedipus hears of the horrendous curse laid on his city he swears to solve it The first time that he is confronted about the murder
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