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"We Admire Oedipus Because of His Virtues, but More So His Flaws." Do You Agree?

Summary: In Sophocles' "Theban Plays: King Oedipus," Oedipus is portrayed in true and tragic form as having both admirable virtues and less than admirable flaws. Oedipus' admirable qualities of leadership, devotion to his people, and quest for the truth are soon accompanied by his impulsiveness and foul temper, particularly through his treatment of Creon. These flaws allow Oedipus to be shown as a mere mortal, allowing for a closer connection with the audience; however, they do not elicit any admiration for Oedipus during the play.
Oedipus is a great man, with all the gifts but also the dangers it brings.

Oedipus' character displays admirable virtues throughout the play. At times he appears to be great and glorious and readers are forced to feel respect for this noble leader. Yet along the way we observe his far less admirable flaws. Whilst Oedipus' imperfections may make him more accessible to the audience allowing them to make a closer connection; they are far from commendable.

From the onset we admire Oedipus; for his devotion to his people and his leadership qualities. The first glimpse we have of Oedipus is that of a man swift to action and gifted with insight. Through his opening words to the citizens of Thebes, "I grieve for you my children" and "my heart bears the weight...

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