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The Character Change of Oedipus The character Oedipus in Sophocles drama Oedipus the King goes through an unfortunate but necessary character change From a prideful heroic king at the beginning of the play to a tyrant in denial towards the middle and finally to a fearful condemned man humbled by his tragic fate Oedipus change personifies that which makes an unforgettable drama When Oedipus is first introduced he appears to be a confident valiant hero and reasonably so Taking into mind the background of the drama we learn that this foreigner to Thebes arrives at the city limits braves death solves the Sphinxs riddle and releases the city from the horrible terror Only a man like Oedipus a man possessing tremendous intelligence and self-confidence could have such courage Although at times Oedipus questions the gods accuracy and authority the people dont mind because of the great deed he had done When Oedipus succeeds he becomes instantly famous and loved by all because of his courage and intelligence The citizens of Thebes consider Oedipus actions are special gifts from the gods used to benefit the city as a whole Because the former king of Thebes had perished Oedipus married the queen Jocasta and resecured the throne for his people Doing this shows not only his love for the queen but also his willingness to accept a position of prominence and leadership among his beloved people which is a very noble act When the dialogue of the drama begins a very concerned Oedipus questions a priest why the citizens are lamenting and praying I find it incredible that Oedipus never distanced himself from his people Often when someone becomes famous they tend to forget their roots and
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