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In Sophocless play Oedipus Oedipus is a hero whos life ended in tragedy He continues to try and find the truth even though he knows that the truth may hurt him He helps the people of Thebes by solving the riddle of the sphinx saves the city and becomes king and marries the queen who unknowingly to Oedipus is his mother He upholds morals and accepts responsibility for his actions unlike the other people in the play Oedipus is a hero because he is a truth seeker he cares about others and he cares about responsibility and morals Oedipus always searches for the truth Even when everything starts looking like it is going the wrong way for him he continues to go after the truth He discovers the truth about the Riddle of the Sphinx He is always looking trying to find what is really true He goes so far as to threaten a shepherd so the shepherd will tell him the truth Unfortunately his search for truth eventually ended is his downfall That is how far Oedipus went to search for the truth He searched for it continually in the play Oedipus cares about others which is shown many times in the play He leaves the people he believes to be his father and mother to thwart an oracles prophecy that he would kill his father and marry his mother He solves the riddle of the sphinx and saves the people of Thebes from disaster Closer to the end of the story Oedipus leaves the town because he is disgraced and doesnt think the people want to see him at all These reasons all contribute to the fact that he is full of care about others and that he is a hero Oedipus upholds morals and accepts responsibility for everything he does At the end of the story he punishes himself for everything he did He put his own eyes out and banished himself
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