The more Oedipus pushes Tieresias to tell him what he wants he eventually calls

The more oedipus pushes tieresias to tell him what he

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patterns on Oedipus' part that lead to his downfall. The more Oedipus pushes Tieresias to tell him what he wants, he eventually calls Tieresias the murderer of Laius. However, Tieresias responds, " I say you are the murderer of the king whose murderer you seek" (Sophocles 701). Oedipus' temper flares since he is not getting what he wants, and he calls Tieresias a beggar and insults his blindness. Oedipus' persistence makes him a tragic hero because the more he wants to find out the truth, the more it will hurt him in the long run. His consistent seeking of the truth metaphorically blinds him from seeing the reality; this defeat leads to the fall of Oedipus, just as it does with much of human nature. In addition, Oedipus' persistent character trait is a sign of hubris; in articulating the notion of the tragic hero, two things are prevalent; they are pride and high status. These two elements go hand in hand, as demonstrated with Oedipus. His kingship blinds him from the true needs of others, and his pride causes his actions and beliefs of what he feels will best solve the city’s curse. His lack of regard for other’s demonstrates his pride. After pushing Tieresias, Oedipus then says, “For I would have you know I think you were complotter of the deed and doer of the deed save in so far as the actual killing,” (Sophocles 700). Automatically Oedipus thinks Tierasis is involved in the murder of King Laius, and that it was Creon’s idea. During this scene, Oedipus displays confidence in is knowledge about the murderer; however, his confidence is a result of his prideful characteristics. In other words, his own pride blinds him from the truth and causes him to have false beliefs. When Creon enters, he immediately says “Citizens I have come because I heard deadly words spread about me, that the king accuses me,” (Sophocles 705).

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