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At one time in our lives there is a moment that we may think of ourselves as better than someone or something else There may also be a point when making a decision leads to a great error in judgment In the play Oedipus the King written by Sophocles both of these characteristics can be seen in the main character These characteristics are known as tragic flaws These flaws are excess pride leading to overconfidence and weakness in judgment Both of these characteristics are the main reason of destruction and downfall in mankind and the tragic hero in this play The tragic hero is unable to escape his misfortune that is destined to happen There are many more tragic flaws other than these two that also contribute to the falling of the hero The destruction and downfall can be seen as fate Even though the hero chooses his own actions the resulting consequences that come about are ones that are unable to be changed As seen no one is able to outrun his or her own fate Oedipus the King is seen as a tragedy A tragedy is a play that portrays a conflict between human beings and some superior overwhelming force It ends sorrowfully and disastrously and this outcome seems inevitable In a tragedy the main character can also be seen as the tragic hero The tragic hero in this play is Oedipus He is neither good nor bad Due to the flaws in his actions and behaviors he will fall from the good graces of everyone surrounding him The first incident where Oedipus shows an error in judgment is when he disregards Teiresiass warning He is too hardheaded to even listen to what Teiresias has to say to him In doing this he creates his own downfall He disregards all the information given to him because he believes he knows his own destiny he believes he has done
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