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The Hubris of Oedipus

Summary: A plot summary and historical background for "Oedipus the King" by Sophocles. Hubris is Oedipus's tragic flaw. He is proud because he rescued the city of Thebes from the Sphinx, the citizenry worships him and the Thebans have such a high esteem for him that they made him king.
"Oedipus the King" written by Sophocles, is a powerful Greek tragedy story. The protagonist, Oedipus is a heroic mythical king who had it all. Oedipus pursues to find the true answers to his identity and destiny, while at the same time trying to avoid fulfilling his destiny.

"Oedipus the King" was introduced around 429 B.C.E. in Athens. This was Sophocles' most celebrated play. It is recognized by many titles, such as its Latin title "Oedipus Rex" and "Oedipus Tyrannus." Sophocles' performed this play at the annual festival of Dionysus--a religious festival, which celebrated Dionysus, the god of intoxication, death, and fertility. Sophocles was one of the dramatists that reigned supreme at these festivals. Most of the Greek tragedies were based upon mythologies. The Athenian audience knew the mythological themes of Oedipus, therefore Sophocles' used dramatic irony and details to evoke emotions of shock, sympathy, and...

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