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In Oedipus the King Sophocles concocts one of the most famous and intricate characters of Greek drama A tragic hero Oedipus desire for self-discovery and understanding inevitably leads to his tragic downfall In the end it can be seen that Oedipus tragic flaw is his own determination and persistenceOedipus is a leader He thrives on power and thirsts for control It is interesting to note however that Oedipus does not abuse his power Rather Oedipus strives to better Thebes at all costsincluding the cost of his own powerFrom the opening of the drama Oedipus determination is quite obvious As king he promises his subjects that he will rid Thebes of all pestilence and famine This promise is backed by Oedipus well-known victory over the Sphinx and his people believe instantly that their king will solve all their troubles The people of Thebes trust Oedipus because they recognize his persistence Aside from his outward determination many other qualities can be seen in Oedipus One quality of particular interest is Oedipus morality and fairness When taking a broad view of the plays actions one can see that Oedipus does all he can to achieve a fair state He pursues the murderer with full force in an honorable attempt to seek justice Oedipus morality becomes even more apparent towards the end of the play when he decides to follow through with the punishment of the murderer even though he must leave his kingdom and his homeOedipus though an honorable character is guilty His extraordinarily complex guilt can be seen on two levels on the level of the Gods and on the level of the law Oedipus has clearly broken laws and taboos through his unwholesome behavior More importantly however Oedipus has offended the Gods He has attempted to alter the most important and immutable constant of Greek philosophy fate By avoiding fate early in life through feeble means leaving his parents Oedipus angers the Gods and eventually pays
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