In Oedipus at Colonus, Does Oedipus have a tragic flaw/s? If yes, what is it/are they?Is there any tragic flaws/hamartia that lead Oedipus to his downfall?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I think that there is demonstration of hubris, or pride, in characters, but I don't see this in Oedipus.  In the first of the three dramas, hubris in Oedipus is much more evident in the manner in which he rules and confronts his own limitations of character.  In this particular setting, I don't think we see hubris in Oedipus.  It is more present in his sons, in the elderly patriarchs of Colonus, and, of course, in Creon.  We see much more hubris in these individuals along with the trappings of it, such as disloyalty, duplicity, and inauthenticity.  Yet, I think that Oedipus shows a certain humility that comes out of his own experiences of suffering.  When he suggests that the Furies will understand him because of his own suffering, it is not a sign of hubris, but rather of "sofia," or wisdom.  In this light, I think that the flaws of excessive pride are around Oedipus, but not within him in this drama.

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