In Oedipus Rex (or Oedipus the King), how does Oedipus show pride?

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King Oedipus displays his pride by believing that he can triumph over his fate and establish his own destiny despite the gods' ultimate design. Oedipus is unaware of his background and does not know that Polybus and Merope were his adopted parents. As a young man, Oedipus learns of the prophecy that he will one day murder his father and marry his mother, which motivates him to flee Corinth and travel to Thebes. Oedipus's attempt to avoid his fate illustrates his pride. He naively believes that he is smart enough to outwit the gods and prevent his destiny from coming to fruition.

In addition to attempting to avoid his destiny and outsmart the gods, Oedipus also reveals his pride during his interaction with the blind seer Teiresias. Initially, Teiresias gives Oedipus a cryptic answer when he is questioned about Laius's murderer. Oedipus proceeds to insult Teiresias, who finally tells Oedipus that he is the murderer. Oedipus responds by accusing Teiresias of colluding with Creon and proceeds to...

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Last Updated by eNotes Editorial on November 22, 2019