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The Decline of Oedipus in Oedipus Rex Oedipus began Oedipus Rex as a king only to end the tale as a blinded beggar Oedipus fall from his kingly status is not by accident or because of some other person Oedipus is the only one that can be blamed for his misfortune Oedipus character traits of haste anger and truthfulness are shown most clearly during his spiraling downfall where he thinks he is a simple man who knows nothing yet knowing more than he realizes by the end of the story Throughout the story Oedipus haste or lack of patience is most evident in his stichomythy with Teiresias Wishing to end this mystery of the death of Laios as quickly as possible Oedipus passes an edict to kill or exile anyone who withholds information Teiresias tested Oedipus patience in the beginning of the story with the information he is holding you could provoke a stone to anger 339 The impatient accusations against Teiresias proved to be dreadful especially since Teiresias foretold the ending of the story If Oedipus had been more patient and waited he might have not been quite so upset about the future nor shaken up about what was to come However that one trait alone did not take away his position of high authority Oedipus displayed anger throughout the whole story which did not help him at all During the story we learn of Oedipus anger as he knocked a passerby at the meeting of the three highways I struck in my anger 812 Later this passerby whom he angrily and quickly killed was revealed to be Laios Oedipus father Oedipus anger also quickly shifted his judgment of Teiresias you I think helped plot the deed you did iteven if your hand cannot have struck the blow 352 Oedipus respect for Teiresias quickly changed as Teiresias refused to tell the troubles cause Oedipus began claiming that Creon has
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