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A master artisan and innovator of the Greek tragedy Sophocless insightfulplays have held their value throughout countless time periods and societies Sophocles was the second of the three great Greek authors of tragedies Bornin Colonus a small city not too far from Athens Sophocles grew to know theways of people and the lives they lead He was well known for depictingpeople as they are instead of the way they should be like his teacherEuripides His tragedies earned him many prizes in various dramacompetitions He served as an Athenian general and as a member ofdelegations to other states He also played an active role in religion in manyAthenians lives Sophocles wrote one of his greatest plays Oedipus atColonus when he was nearly 90 Out of over 120 plays written bySophocles only 7 complete plays survived Adding paintings to his worksfollowed by suspense and intrigue earned Sophocles the honor of being oneof the best known playwright from his time and one that the world wouldnever confuse with his followers that want to aspire to influence literature as a Through the use of common literary techniques Sophocles was able toexpress themes and ideas that reflect all of humankind On particular idea wasthat Sophocles believed that hubris is destructive and will eventually lead toones demise Oedipus the proud king of Thebes has such a fatal flaw Hishubris alienates Teiresias Creon and his people Teiresias attempts toexplain to Oedipus the severity of Oedipuss actions but Oedipus only shunsTeiresias No matter how potent the signs Oedipus would not yield Scene 5 Line 47 Oedipuss hubris prevents him from recognizinghis self-destructive behavior Instead he accuses Teiresias of disloyalty andsuccumbing to bribery He feels Teiresias has sold out Scene 5 Line 65and that Oedipus was the butt for the dull arrows of dodderingfortunetellers Scene 5 Line 42 Such inventions of Oedipus prove to beboth counter-productive and foolish for Teiresias did speak the truth andOedipus is only further drawn into his false reality dictated
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