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Oedipus has a tragic flaw that leads to his demise and efforts to attribute one to him to him seem forced In his quest to uncover the truth and rid Thebes of the plague he exhibits all the heroic qualities that made him the savior of Thebes during the Sphinxs reign of terror Oedipus as a victim of a fate he could not control He had enormous control over the events of his destiny through the numerous decisions he makes He chooses to believe the oracle and leave Corinth The play is in fact a comment on the role of oracles and religion in the climate of the intellectual revolution going on in 5th century Athens He chooses to kill Laius He chooses to marry Jocasta He chooses to forcefully and very publicly assume the mission of discovering the identity of Laius killer He proceeds on this mission and chooses to ignore the warnings of Creon Jocasta the messenger the shepherd of anyone that attempts to stand between him and the truth And he chooses to blind himself this is in fact a conscious act on his part to choose something on his own an act that Apollo cannot be held responsible for If Oedipus was indeed a powerless pawn of fate the play would be more than depressing it would likely be meaningless General plot of greek tragedies is that a person the hero of usual great influence goes through a sudden reversal of good fortune to misfortune and that is a result of some tragic flaw usually pride Now in Oedipus the King to say that Oedipuss downfall was due to his flaws would almost contradict the whole idea of fate itself True that he was proud to kill another man Lauis over a traffic block to scorn Tiresias and to accuse Creon of envy but was that really the cause of his tragedy if fate already has it that he
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