Oedipus once again shows humility during his

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sight he is no longer burdened by the suffering associated with observing hardship. Oedipus once again shows humility during his conversation with Creon after gouging out his eyes. It is obvious to the reader that there is some form of power struggle between Oedipus and his brother in law throughout the story, “You’ve a wicked way with 3
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words, Creon, but I’ll be slow to learn—from you. I find you a menace, a great burden to me” (lines 610-612); however, in the end, Oedipus succumbs to Creon’s newly anointed power. “Oh no, what can I say to him? How can I ever hope to win his trust? I wronged him so, just now, in every way. You must see that—I was so wrong, so wrong.” (lines 1553-1556) This is Oedipus’ final kingly action. His submission shows that he truly believes he is no longer fit to rule Thebes and Creon will better rule its people. Throughout the story Oedipus clearly expresses many kingly traits. Ironically, his removal from power is his biggest display of kingship. His leadership skills and loyalty to his people, despite his being an outsider, end the plague and save Thebes. Oedipus exemplifies the qualities needed for a leader in any time period. Although times have changed, the characteristics of a good king, or leader, have remained very similar. One might benefit from understanding Oedipus’ struggles and successes when in a leadership role. Like Oedipus, it is important to take responsibility for ones’ actions and those of the people they have power over. Failure to analyze Oedipus’ actions may cause the reader to find him unfit as a king because of his lack of family ties to the city, inability to avoid a plague, and commitment of incest. However, deeper insight will prove that the fact that these events occurred is far less important than the means by which Oedipus deals with them. 4
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