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