Is there any common pattern of behavior exhibited in Oedipus's encounters with Laios, Teiresias and Kreon? Justification for his anger with Tiresias? For his suspicion of Kreon? Why?

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Oedipus is hotheaded and quick to anger.When he encounters Laios at the intersection of three roads, Oedipus believes that the king is trying to force him off the road so he retaliates violently, killing the king and all but one of his entourage. Teiresias offers information that Oedipus doesn't want to hear---he is the murderer that he seeks--so he is angry with the old man. Oedipus even accuses of the prophet of conspiracy with Kreon to overthrow him as king. Kreon is completely innocent of any such designs on the throne; he's been sent by Oedipus to the Oracle at Delphi for information about how to solve the plague in Thebes. Kreon even explains to Oedipus that he has no need to be king because he currently enjoys all the benefits of royalty without the responsibilities, yet Oedipus becomes paranoid and accuses him, too, of conspiracy. When Oedipus is confronted by anything he doesn't like, he is likely to respond with anger and even violence.

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