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06.01C Oedipus the King 1. What do we learn from the priest’s speech in the opening lines about how Thebes views Oedipus as a leader? We learn from the priest’s speech in the opening lines that Thebes opinion on Oedipus is that he is an honorable and great leader. The priest displays the wisdom of Oedipus and his affection for his people. 2. A tragic flaw is seen in both a character’s errors and weaknesses. What errors does Oedipus make? What weaknesses does he have? An obvious error that Oedipus makes is the murder of his father on the road. He lets his anger and pride get the best of him. This error is likely due to Oedipus’ weakness. Despite his possession of favorable qualities like his capabilities as a leader, Oedipus lets his pride control his actions throughout the story. Oedipus’ tragic flaw often leads him to suffering that he could have easily avoided otherwise. 3. What role does Fate play in the downfall of Oedipus? Who is responsible for the suffering and death in the play, the gods or Oedipus? The main theme of the play is that fate and destiny are unable to be avoided. While it was Oedipus’ choice to murder the men he found on the road, fate led him and his father to be on that road together. So, while Oedipus’ actions dealt his hand of suffering, fate put him in the place to cause his own suffering because of the prophecy.

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