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The tragic flaw of Oedipus The Greeks considered tragedy the greatest form for literature Many readers today would agree Is a tragedys end fate Or is it tragic flaw Unlike the critics opinion being that one cannot pinpoint Oedipus tragic flaw I disagree I think that we can pick out just by carefully reading and analyzing the play that Oedipus indeed had a tragic flaw It is for this reason that we can say that this play is not an example of fate because if it were it wouldnt matter what the characters did or said since the end would be predestined for them all In Oedipus Rex though we see many examples that Oedipus tragic flaw is his excessive pride As the play progresses other characteristics appear and further add to the problem to such a point that it is inevitable that it will end in tragedy Therefore the tragedies were not a result of a plot by the fates but rather a result of the characteristics that the characters possessed There are several characteristics that characters in tragedies could have but out of all of those pride is the most prevalent of all It seems to be the biggest tragic flaw that eventually causes the downfall of one or more of the characters As mentioned before the tragic flaw of Oedipus excessive pride or hubris The word hubris comes from the Greek word hybris which means exaggerated pride or self-confidence Merriam-Webster Dictionary In the case of Oedipus this is demonstrated in the beginning of the play where he states I Oedipus a name that all men knowline 8 In line 15 the priest says we who sit before your altars When we think of the word altar we usually think of a god or gods as well as offering gifts to those gods at the altar We can see by the priests reply that the people of Thebes likewise think of Oedipus
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