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Characterization of Oedipus Rex Oedipus Rex was written by Sophocles 496-406 BC a Greek playwright It is the first play in a trilogy about a tragic hero King Oedipus Oedipus is a complex character with many different characteristics A few of the most dominant ones are that he was a good ruler stubborn and very honest One of Oedipus character traits is that he was a good ruler When his people were in despair he did not send a messenger to find out what was troubling them he went himself He also doesnt hide anything from his people When Creon entered with bad news regarding the murder of King Laius he advised Oedipus to hear the news in a private place Oedipus refused because he felt that he was king for the benefit of his people not for himself The fact that Oedipus wanted his subjects to hear the news from Creon shows that he was also very honest He felt that he shouldnt hide anything from his subjects He told them about the crime and then sought their help in solving it In addition when Oedipus began to find out the truth about his past he was not afraid to hear the truth Although he was ashamed he still felt the truth should be known Finally Oedipus was a stubborn man When he came to a decision he would not compromise He did not take Creons advice to speak to him in private In addition he did not stop asking questions about his past even when Jocasta pleaded with him to not ask anymore questions He refused to change his ways or beliefs Oedipus was a complex character He had many character traits that added to his personality He was a good ruler he was honest and he was stubborn Oedipus was the classic tragic hero of Greek times because of the misfortunes he suffered Bibliography me
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