How does Oedipus see himself?

At the opening of Sophocles's Oedipus Rex, Oedipus views himself as a "world-renowned king" and as zealous, ruthless, and obdurate in the pursuit of truth. Oedipus also believes that he has a greater depth of feeling than any of his people. Oedipus's character is put to the test, and he comes to accept that he is a prideful man who has tried to thwart the will of the gods, which brought great suffering to himself and to his family.

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OEDIPUS. Children, it were not meet that I should learn
From others, and am hither come, myself,
I Oedipus, your world-renowned king.

It's clear from early in the Oedipus trilogy of plays—Oedipus Rex, Oedipus at Colonus, and Antigonethat Oedipus thinks very highly of himself, as the above lines from the prologue of Oedipus Rex show.

It should be noted that the three plays weren't actually written by Sophocles as a trilogy—three plays intended to be performed together—and the plays were also written several years apart and out of chronological order. Antigone was written first, in 441 BCE, Oedipus Rex in 429 BCE, and Oedipus at Colonus in 406 BCE.

Nevertheless, Oedipus's opinion of himself remains fairly consistent through Oedipus Rex and Oedipus at Colonus, and correlate with opinions of him expressed by his daughters in Antigone, which occurs after Oedipus's death at Colonus.

In the aforementioned prologue, Oedipus continues:

OEDIPUS. My zeal in your behalf ye cannot doubt;
Ruthless indeed were I and...

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