How does Oedipus see himself as the leader at the beginning of Oedipus Rex?

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At the beginning of Oedipus Rex, Oedipus demonstrates many qualities of a leader and describes himself as such. Throughout the Prologue and act I, the people of Thebes are suffering under disease resulting from a curse from the gods. Oedipus, as king, presents himself as a concerned fatherly figure by calling his subjects his "dear children" and by going to hear from them directly rather than sending someone in his place. He has also sent Creon, his brother-in-law, on behalf of his people to Delphi before his subjects even come to the palace. In...

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