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Fei Feng (Frank) English 1B Mr. Mark June 4, 2006 Pride Cometh Before a Fall In general, pride is at the bottom of all great mistakes. - John Ruskin ( English Writer and Critic of art, architecture, and society, 1819 - 1900 ) Imagine yourself in a pit of quicksand. You are sinking, struggling to say afloat, gasping for air, searching for solid ground to cling to. reach your hands up to get out. ...searching, screaming for help. Except you refuse to heed the advice of those around you because you are too proud. You continue to struggle, frantically thrashing your legs, thinking you are freeing yourself from the quagmire, pretending your efforts will set you free, but you continue to sink deeper and deeper, quicker and quicker, until your mouth and nose are filled with the viscous quicksand. Still struggling, still fighting, the quicksand approaches your eyes and even as you catch your last hazy glimpse of the world, you still don’t realize that your struggle only makes the quicksand more slippery, that your struggle only makes your death more certain. Oedipus in Sophocles’s Oedipus the King has lived his life analogous to the way you have struggled against the quicksand. As you take a wrong step into the pit of quicksand, Oedipus has embarked upon a journey meant to evade fate. As you ignore the futility of your struggle and continue blindly fighting for your life, he develops a larger-than-life ego and entirely disregards the words of his court and companions. As you grasp for your last breaths of air, Oedipus has begun seeing the unveiling of a lifetime of deception. As you go deeper and deeper into the pit, he has witnessed the ravaging of a seemingly utopian world as he is
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abandoned by those he loved most and forced to confront his inevitable fate. Sophocles uses Oedipus’s abrupt and devastating fall from grace to illustrate the consequences of Oedipus’s hubris, suggesting that excessive pride is a double-edged sword that may give one the confidence to accomplish great feats but can also ultimately lead to one’s downfall. As a child, Oedipus was foretold that he would kill his father and marry his mother. In
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