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The fate of Oedipus was bitter indeed By the end of Oedipus the King he and his fate are seen as Luckless Ln 1195 and objects to envy not at all Ln 1196 But what was it that caused this man to sleep with his mother and slay his father What was it that Oedipus fell victim to Was it the hubris that seemed to so permeate his character Was he a puppet held in the cruel grip of the gods It would seem that perhaps it was neither of these and that rather these things combined together as Oedipus fell victim to chance If the fate of Oedipus was a punishment then it was a great one and therefore must have been caused by a large sin The largest sin we see in the play is obviously parricide and incest which Dodds claims were the greatest a man can commit Dodds But this can not be what he was punished for as it was his punishment The two can not be the same Therefore another sin must be searched for and the one most commonly blamed is his hubris The hubris of Oedipus is most evident in his dealings with Creon and the contrast that is later drawn between his own actions and those of Creon Oedipus is certain that Creon has betrayed him and lied to him He ignores the innocent mans protests and he sentences Creon to death saying No certainly kill you not banish you Ln 625 This was a terrible thing to do a decision made rashly a decision made with much hubris The point is emphasised all the more sharply when Creon later says when I lack knowledge I prefer not to speak at random Ln 1546 A strong contrast is drawn between the two attitudes Creon does not put a large amount of faith in his own judgement instead he seeks to obtain confirmation from the
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