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Can too much of a thing be bad Where does one draw the line at how much is enough and what is over the top Relating it to Sophocles Oedipus relentless drive to uncover the truth in Oedipus the King is both fueled by its firm determination and utter pride It is this excessive pride he has that leads him to his mysterious past his self-discovery the catastrophe Sophocles said that a man should never consider himself fortunate unless he can look back on his life and remember that life without pain For Oedipus Rex looking back is impossible to do without pain This pain stems from his prideful life Oedipus is aware that he alone is responsible for his actions He freely chooses to pursue and accept his own lifes destruction Even though fate victimizes Oedipus he is a tragic figure since his own heroic qualities and his loyalty to Thebes ruin him Oedipus pride strung from his own heroic qualities is one factor that ruined him For one like Oedipus to find out that he has killed his father and married his mother after all the curses he has spelled blended with his pride is a shock a contradiction to his own words Oedipus cannot let a murder investigation go by without solving the riddle of who killed King Laius because his pride overpowers him Oedipus pride reveals itself again in his loyalty to the truth Oedipus constant struggle to discover the truth for the sake of his people ruined him most in the end Even though he is warned many times to stop seeking the truth he keeps on searching Which man What matters who he means Why ask Forget it all Its not worth knowingYet be persuaded please Do not proceed Sophocles 58-59 Jocasta is always trying to get him away from the dark and ugly truth She is always trying to convince him that the truth will not change
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