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EN 10219 September 2017No One Is Perfect“Oedipus the King”is a tragedy written by Sophocles in 430 B.C. The author set up thistragedy in the Greek city of Thebes. The population of Thebes was attacked by the plague whenOedipus was in charge of the city. This story is based conversations among the king, who is theprotagonist of this tragedy, and Creon, Jocasta, Herdsman, the priest, and Teiresias, who are theothers characters of the tragedy. The characters help the king by asking and receiving questionsfrom Oedipus. The chorus of the old men of Thebes is part of this tragedy. Many situations leadreaders to understand the behaviors of Oedipus and his motives for hiding the truth. The message tothe readers seems to be clear. No one is perfect. Everyone has flaws. Everybody has secrets, whichcannot be hidden forever. Furthermore, external factors are important parts of a person’s life thatshould be taken in consideration because they may change everything. The pride and fear are thecauses of Hamlet’s misfortune that does not allow him to see the truth. Instead, Gods decisions arethe reasons why Hamlet’s final faith. One of the most important flaws of Oedipus is the pride that he has for himself. Readerscould interpret Oedipus’s pride when during the conversation with Teiresias she says, “Creon is nohurt to you, but you are to yourself” (Sophocles 416-417). Oedipus does not realize that he is thecause of his mother and father’s deaths until it is too late. The pride that the protagonist of this story