Oedipus the King Essay - Welsh 1 Isabelle V Welsh Mrs Yates Seminar English Period 1 6 October 2016 Hubris and Fatal Flaws in Ancient Greek Literature

Oedipus the King Essay - Welsh 1 Isabelle V Welsh Mrs Yates...

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Welsh 1 Isabelle V. Welsh Mrs. Yates Seminar English, Period 1 6 October 2016 Hubris and Fatal Flaws in Ancient Greek Literature Everyone has a fatal flaw: one’s is bound to impact them at some point. Sophocles, in his play, Oedipus the King , emphasizes the idea of a fatal flaw through the actions of the main character, Oedipus. Oedipus’s fatal flaw being hubris, a word used by the Greeks to describe excessive pride, according to Aristotle, a Greek philosopher, the trait becomes the downfall of Oedipus. Beginning as the king of Thebes, who is seeking out the murderer of the previous king, Laius, Oedipus goes from having everything to cursing himself and ruining the lives of those around him, as well as his own. In Oedipus the King , by Sophocles, Oedipus possesses the fatal flaw of excessive pride and pompousness, known as hubris, which leads to issues throughout the play. In the production, Oedipus thinks himself great and only a step away from a God; Oedipus also believes himself to be above others, so he doesn’t believe them. Oedipus is so trusting in his abilities that he creates a new set of issues for himself. Oedipus, whose ego is bolstered by his subjects, views himself as great and as a god-like person, only one step away from an immortal being. In episode 1, Oedipus introduces himself as he is called upon to try to stop the plague that is attacking Thebes. Oedipus acquaints himself to the people of the town by saying, “I Oedipus whom all men call great,” (464). Oedipus, in saying that everyone thinks he is great, comes across as very full of
Welsh 2 himself. By holding himself up on a pedestal, Oedipus exhibits the flaw of hubris. This hubris results in him trying to solve all of Thebes’s problems to live up to his self-imposed

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