Oedipus the King: Analyze Oedipus Character Traits (PERSONALITY)

11 Nov

The play titled Oedipus the king covers the live of Oedipus who ruled the ancient Greek. Prophesies about the king killing his father king Laius and then marrying his own mother came to be fulfilled even though his father had ordered that the little child be killed so as to divert the prophesy but the kid was thrown to the mountain side were a shepherd took him and handed him to King Polypus of Corinth. Oedipus had character traits which were of liking and common to all human beings.


The main plays character, Oedipus shows personalities that all human desire and possess. Technically no one who wish to kill their parent and marry their mother but we can be able to relate symbolically to his circumstances. We relay to the wide array of emotions he shows and the reactions he partakes in diverse conditions he is in. He is an excellent person who eventually falls to his destiny through his pride, intelligence, and temperament. It’s evident even from the beginning that he was a good, caring leader with extreme pride. “Oh my children, the new blood of ancient Thebes, why are you here? Huddling at my altar, praying before me, your branches wound in wool. Our city reeks with the smoke of burning incense, rings with the cries for the Healer and wailing for the dead. I thought it wrong, my children, to hear the truth from others, messengers. Here I am myself-you all know me, the world knows my fame: I am Oedipus (Johnston 1-9)”. He loved his people and they adored him like a god.


His trait of being a leader of good quality and of decency is manifested throughout the play.  The kingdom suffers calamities and prolonged drought which provokes him to sent his brother in-law to Apollo in the temple. After Creon returns he comes with revelation that the lands are polluted by an unclean man who killed an innocent king. “Lord Phoebus clearly orders us to drive away the polluting stain this land has harbored which will not be healed if we keep nursing it… what sort of cleansing? … (100-110)”. After it is discovered that indeed he was the murderer, he accepts fate and being driven away from his motherland that shows how selfless he is and wants the best for his people. “Send me away to live outside of Thebes… but I’ve become abhorrent to the gods… (Johnston 1794-1797)


Work cited

Johnston, Ian. “Oedipus the King.”Sophocles Oedipus the King c. 420 BC. Richer Resources Publications, (n.d.) Web. 5 June 2012. <>


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