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-What compelled Oedipus to act the way he does -What events led to cause Oedipus to act as his architect of his own tragic fall - more quotes might result in better mark Oedipus as the Architect of his Downfall What is the purpose of an architect An architect is one that plans or devises The contriver designer or the creator of what is to be In Sophocles Oedipus the King Oedipus in a sense is the architect of his downfall The extent in which he is the designer or maker of his downfall is caused not by his actions but the origin of those actions What caused those free-willed measures were his own attitude reasoning and characteristics driving the choices he makes Specifically Oedipus enormous ego his attitude towards fate and his conception of heroic greatness guided his decisions spiraling Oedipus towards his tragic fall It is certainly clear of Oedipus conceited disposition throughout the play The central purpose of his life is to declare that sense of himself To always be the hero and saviour of all dilemmas present in Thebes This act for heroism blinds Oedipus to the extent where he only sees himself conquering whatever problem arises not the actual problem As the plague strickens Thebes world-famous Oedipus2 will bring it all to light and shall be the defender of Thebes and Apollos champion10 emphasizing himself as a hero Also with this powerful ego comes a certain narrowness of vision which has no room for alternative opinions or nonconforming views and often a very powerfully self-assured voice As Oedipus states I came know-nothing Oedipus I stopped the Sphinx I answered the riddle with my own intelligence27 the pronoun I is dominating his declaration So prominent is this feature of his character one cannot separate out clearly Oedipus desire to help the city from his desire to manifest his own greatness This narrowness of vision causes Oedipus to make quick
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