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vain to run away from consequences of his actions. Oedipus is noble, but he has flaws in his character. From the play, we see that Oedipus brilliances in his pride, and in his self-sufficiency. His impulsiveness tries to bring him down. This makes ups part of his tragic fragility.
With tragic hero, he must learn from his errors of judgment,and he becomes an example to the audience of the consequences of a man’s fall from political and social positions. According to Wolfreys (2005), a person who is admired everywhere, who is great, and who needs admiration to survive has extremes form of self-absorption, and this is grandiosity. Grandiosity is seen when a person admires himself, his achievements, and qualities. This action depicts them when the Herdsman tells Oedipus who his mother is, and he replies by saying that everything has come to be true, because he is born where he should not have, he marries where he should not have, and he kills who he should not have (Sophocles and Grene,2010). Oedipus decision to chase his questioning is wrong; his grandiosity blinds him, and hence, his fate is undeserved, but this is beyond his control. His destiny is also undeserved because; he is pushed for the actions of his parents. The birth of Oedipus presents his destiny to culminate in tragedy regardless of the fact that he is born in nobility. From Aristotle’s definition of tragedies, they results from nobility, which makes their fall look greater. Lastly, Oedipus nobility deceived him and his reflections. This is because it shows his wonderful face, and not his inside world, his history, or even pain. His actions brought him blindness and he fails to see that his questioning would only result into miseries. After blinding himself, Oedipus sees his wrongdoing, which resulted from his actions, and we see this when he questions the purpose of his eyes. He asks what use are they for when he cannot see anything pleasant anymore. References
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