In the play Oedipus Rex by Sophocles, what quotes exemplify Oedipus's arrogance?
Sophocles most definitely characterizes Oedipus as arrogant in Oedipus Rex; in fact, arrogance is Oedipus's fatal tragic character flaw. We can especially see Oedipus's arrogance portrayed in his argument with the soothsayer Tiresias. When Tiresias announces that Oedipus is the murderer of the late King Laius and responsible for the city of Thebes' current plague, Oedipus accuses Tiresias of being unable to see the truth, as we see in his lines:
There is [strength in truth], but not for you. You don't have this, since you are blind in your ears and mind and eyes. (390-91)
Oedipus even has the audacity to accuse Tiresias as being a conspirator in Laius's murder. The bitter irony is that all the while that Oedipus is accusing Tiresias of being untruthful, Oedipus knows full well that he is indeed guilty of some murder , though at this point he does not know it was Laius he murdered, his own father, that he murdered. We first learn of the fact that Oedipus knows full well he is guilty of killing an innocent man...
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