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One of Oedipus greatest qualities as a leader was his ability to solve problems The reason that Oedipus not even a native of Thebes became the king of that land was due to the great intelligence and strength shown in his defeat of the Sphinx He was able to save the Thebans from that problem so when the city again needs help Oedipus is very willing to show his strength again Oedipus vanity in his ability to solve problems was the leading cause of his ruin It is evident that Oedipus has a great ability to solve problems through the references made to his success with the Sphinx He brags about being able to solve the Sphinxs riddle when no one else could This puts him at a higher level than everyone else where Oedipus believes that he is almost godlike When the hellcat the Sphinx was performing here what help were you to these peopleYour birds- what help were they Or the gods Oedipus says to Teiresias the prophet pg 21 He believes that neither the prophets nor the gods could help the town with the Sphinxs riddle but that he was more intelligent and was able to solve the problem on his own This gave him more self confidence than he could handle and an overpowering ego It is this vanity in his own ability to succeed in being the saver of all which leads him to discover the truth of his past He has saved the town once before and he is not willing to see his people fall He dose everything to find a link to the murderer and is so persistent that he makes the prophet tell him what he thinks he wants to hear When the prophet lies Oedipus discredits him and assumes someone is behind the whole scheme pg 18 Oedipus talked of the prophet as no more clairvoyant than I am pg 20 Where
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