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The Downfall of King Oedipus King Oedipus caused the downfall of his family mostly because of his stubbornness I must I cannot leave the truth unknown 55 In this quote Oedipus is ignoring Jocastas wishes of leaving the mystery of his birth undiscovered If Oedipus would have listened to Jocasta his family wouldnt have had to suffer the separation Secondly on page 38 Oedipus says I have saved this land from ruin I am content By looking at this quote one can see how Oedipus is absorbed in his own beliefs He isnt allowing himself to open up to the opinions of others Also on page 43 there is a conversation between Oedipus and Creon that proves the stubbornness of Oedipus to be overpowering Oedipus Still clinging to your obstinate arguments Creon Because I know you are wrong Oedipus I know I am right He is unwilling to accept that another may be correct and he may be wrong Things have to be the way Oedipus tells them Creon And what if you are mistaken Oedipus Kings must rule Page 43 This shows Oedipuss refusal to reconsider his opinion and beliefs This denial adds to the initial shock of the downfall of Oedipuss family All in all it can be seen that Oedipuss obstinacy is a main character flaw which results in the destruction of his family
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