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EN 102 19 September 2017 No One Is Perfect “Oedipus the King” is a tragedy written by Sophocles in 430 B.C. The author set up this tragedy in the Greek city of Thebes. The population of Thebes was attacked by the plague when Oedipus was in charge of the city. This story is based conversations among the king, who is the protagonist of this tragedy, and Creon, Jocasta, Herdsman, the priest, and Teiresias, who are the others characters of the tragedy. The characters help the king by asking and receiving questions from Oedipus. The chorus of the old men of Thebes is part of this tragedy. Many situations lead readers to understand the behaviors of Oedipus and his motives for hiding the truth. The message to the readers seems to be clear. No one is perfect. Everyone has flaws. Everybody has secrets, which cannot be hidden forever. Furthermore, external factors are important parts of a person’s life that should be taken in consideration because they may change everything. The pride and fear are the causes of Hamlet’s misfortune that does not allow him to see the truth. Instead, Gods decisions are the reasons why Hamlet’s final faith. One of the most important flaws of Oedipus is the pride that he has for himself. Readers could interpret Oedipus’s pride when during the conversation with Teiresias she says, “Creon is no hurt to you, but you are to yourself” (Sophocles 416-417). Oedipus does not realize that he is the cause of his mother and father’s deaths until it is too late. The pride that the protagonist of this story

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