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Oedipus

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In the play Oedipus Rex, Sophocles writes about the sin of hubris; the deadly
mixture of rage and pride that, unfortunately, Oedipus Rex has. The Greeks believed that
this sin was the most grievous because these people thought that they were above the gods.
Oedipus is guilty of this sin. Being a proud man, Oedipus does not listen to anything and
that pride will eventually lead Oedipus to his downfall.
Throughout the whole play, Oedipus displays the deadly sin of hubris. When
talking to Tiresias, the soothsayer, Oedipus loses his cool. Getting angry at Tiresias for not
coming out with the truth, Oedipus says, "Thou hast not spoken so loyally, nor friendly
toward the State that bred thee, cheating her of this response." Here, the raging Oedipus
implies that Tiresias is a phony. Again and again, Tiresias does not want to say what he
knows because he knows that the truth will ruin Oedipus. Again, Oedipus loses his cool
and says, " Worst of traitors! For you would rouse a very stone to wrath- will you not
speak out ever, but stand thus relentless and persistent?" Oedipus is obviously angry and
after accusing Tiresias of planning to kill Laius, Tiresias finally tells Oedipus what he
knows. Tiresias tells Oedipus that the murderer of Laius is Oedipus. Once more, Oedipus
goes into a rage and claims that Tiresias is a phony and that his own brother-in-law, Creon,
has something to do with Laius' murder. Oedipus does not know when to stay quiet. The
senator mention Oedipus' words. He says, "His words appear( and Oedipus, your own,) to
have been said in anger." Here, the senator tried to excuse Oedipus' anger, but it is too late.
Oedipus committed to the sin of hubris. And once more, does Oedipus offends Tiresias
and tells the phony to go home. Obviously, Oedipus lets his pride get in the way
Also, with his brother-in-law, Creon, does Oedipus commits the sin of hubris. He
suggests that Creon schemed with Tiresias. Creon tri...

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