In Oedipus Rex, what are two quotes that tell what Oedipus thinks of himself?With MLA parenthetical citations, please.  

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Two quotes that tell what Oedipus thinks of himself are a bit hard to find in the events of the play that precede Oedipus' dramatic fall from grace and his re-entrance as tragically blind and destitute.

However, here is a moment, mid-riddle unravelling, in which Oedipus grapples with the possibility that he might be a low born son of a servant:

Break out what will!  I at least shall be

willing to  see my ancestry, though humble.

...I account myself a child of Fortune,

beneficent Fortune, and I shall not be

dishonoured.  She's the mother from whom I sprang;

the months, my brothers, marked me, now as small,

and now again as mighty.  Such is my breeding,

and I shall never prove so false to it,

as not to find the secret of my birth. (Sophocles, 1076-86)

Once Oedipus is confronted with the whole horrible "secret of [his] birth," he has this to say:

O Polybus and Corinth and the house,

the old house that I used to call my father's--

what fairness your were nurse to, and what foulness

festered beneath!  Now I am found to be

a sinner and a son of sinners. (Sophocles, 1394-8)

 

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