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Sophocless play Oedipus Rex is possibly one of the greatest tragedies ever written It is the story of the downfall of a man When the play begins Oedipus is an honored king respected and admired by his people By the end of the story the name of Oedipus is a curse This is due to his hubris the deadly mixture of rage and pride that unfortunately Oedipus has The Greeks believed that this sin was the most grievous because people with such pride thought that they were above the gods Oedipus is guilty of this sin Being a proud man Oedipus does not listen to anything and that pride will eventually lead Oedipus to his hamartia which consequently leads to his downfall It is through his personality and its effect on his reasoning and decisions that Oedipus fate is carried out In so many instances Oedipus jumps to conclusions too easily and is guided by irrationality The cause of Oedipus downfall is his hamartia or mistake which was caused by his pride and impulsiveness his hubris When the play opens a plague is afflicting Thebes Creon the queens brother tells Oedipus that Apollo has commanded to take revenge upon whoever killed Laius and that will put an end to the plague Thus Oedipus begins a quest to find Laiuss killer He sends for Teiresias a blind prophet to know the truth about Laius murder When talking to Tiresias Oedipus loses his cool Getting angry with Tiresias for not coming out with the truth Oedipus says Thou hast not spoken so loyally nor friendly toward the State that bred thee cheating her of this response Sophocles p12 Here the raging Oedipus implies that Tiresias is a phony Again and again Tiresias does not want to say what he knows because the truth will ruin Oedipus Again Oedipus loses his cool and says Worst of traitors For you would rouse a very stone to wrath- will
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