What is Oedipus' tragic flaw in Oedipus Rex?

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Before I attempt to answer the question, it is important to know something of the Greek worldview. At the center of the Greek world, there were two maxims at the Oracle of Delphi: "Know Thyself" and "Nothing in excess." These two points expressed the importance of keeping human boundaries and not transgressing into the realm of the gods. From this angle, we can say that the Greek were humble. In other words, they should know that they are not divine.

Against this backdrop the tragic flaw of Oedipus was his thought that he could solve any problem. He thought of himself as more than human. So, when at the beginning of the play there was a plague, he thought he could avert it. Rather than beseeching the gods or even asking for help from others, he sought to rectify any problem alone. The Greeks called his quality, "hubris." In short, we can say that pride got the best of Oedipus. This was his tragic flaw.

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In the play Oedipus Rex, what is Oedipus' main flaw?

The main flaw of Oedipus was his pride, or what the Greeks called hubris. This was an important concept to the Greek and it went counter to their whole society. Let me explain this point a little by looking at the oracle of Delphi.

The Greeks believed that the oracle of Delphi was the belly button of the world. And at Delphi, there was two important slogans. The first one was, "nothing in excess." The second one was, "know yourself." If we think about these two things, they speak of boundaries to a certain degree. If you don't do anything in excess, then you are keeping within boundaries. And if you know yourself, then you will know that you are a mortal and not a god!

From this angle, we can say Oedipus broke boundaries. He thought he could solve any problem, such as the plague. He thought that he could outwit the gods. If you read the play, he drives the action completely. He leads to the investigation. He leads to his demise. Yet, on the other hand, this is tragic, because he is also so able. This is the Greek tension.

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In the play Oedipus Rex, what is Oedipus' main flaw?

Hubris. Hubris is the ancient Greek term for excessive pride. In many anceient Greek tragedies, hubris was the hero's tragic flaw. Hubris was a commonly used tragic flaw that encompasses many ideas. Hubris was often used by the ancient Greek playwrights to illustrate what happens to a person who thinks he can defy the gods.

In the case of Oedipus, good old Ed tried to outsmart the gods (hubris) by attempting to escape his fate. His parents were also guilty of this crime, which is why his father ends up dead and his mother end up doing so many messed up things she kills herself. An oracle gives the prophecy to Oedipus and his parents. Supposedly the gods spoke through oracles, so to try to defy the prophecy of an oracle was to defy a prophecy of the gods. To defy the gods was to commit hubris.

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In Sophocles' tragedy, Oedipus Rex, what is the basic flaw in Oedipus Rex, the hero?

Sigh.

Hubris is a technical legal term in Greek meaning something close to aggravated assault (specifically, a form of violence which is also an insult). Pride leads people, according to one theory of tragedy, to commit hubris.

The popular culture misuse of the term stems from a misreading of Kitto's book on Greek tragedy. Misusing the term this way is a sign of having read a limited amount of secondary literature but not actually knowing Greek (it is often accompanied by the even worse barbarism "the hoi poilloi").

 

 

 

 

 

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In Sophocles' tragedy, Oedipus Rex, what is the basic flaw in Oedipus Rex, the hero?

Oedipus's flaw is said to be hubris. While the Greek word hubris is generally translated as pride, a better understanding of it suggests the relationship between humankind and the Pantheon (the gods). The concept that hubris describes is actually that of forgetting humankind's position in relation to the gods: humans are weak and limited while the gods are mighty and powerful.

Accordingly, Oedipus's flaw is that, being wise and powerful in his own right, he puts his trust in human knowledge and ability. This is a sort of pride, but pride in humanity rather than personal vain pride. This is born out when Oedipus berates and mistreats Teiresias, who is called the "voice of Apollo," as he rejects what Teiresias says to him.

OEDIPUS:
You most disgraceful of disgraceful men!
You’d move something made of stone to rage!

Do you really think you can just speak out,
say things like this, and still remain unpunished?

So, Oedipus's basic flaw is hubris, which according to some is personal pride but according to other scholars is pride in humanity that supersedes acknowledgment of the gods' might. In other words, he tries to outsmart the prophecy for his destiny and in so doing thus becomes subject to the retribution the gods, or fate, hand down upon him.

TEIRESIAS
Alas, alas! How dreadful it can be
to have wisdom when it brings no benefit
to the man possessing it. ....

OEDIPUS:
What’s wrong? You’ve come, but seem so sad.

TEIRESIAS:
Let me go home. You must bear your burden
to the very end, ....

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In Sophocles' tragedy, Oedipus Rex, what is the basic flaw in Oedipus Rex, the hero?

Oedipus Rex's tragic flaw is his hubris, or excessive pride.  He believes that he is better than everyone else because he answered the riddle of the Sphinx, became King of Thebes, and saved the city.  Now that the new curse is upon the city, Oedipus believes he is the man to find the killer of the previous King.  Not realizing that his own father was the previous King and that this is the man he killed years before, he boldly and openly promises to bring the murderer to justice.  He has plenty of warnings from gods and Terisias, the blind prophet, but ignores them all, because he wants to be the hero again.  This arrogant promise to find the murderer and break the city's curse leads to his downfall because he is successful in all of his stubborness.  He does find the murderer - himself!  It is at this point that his life falls apart; his wife (and mother) commits suicide, he blinds himself, and his children are horrified.  If he had listened to the warnings, he would have never known.  Ignorance can be bliss!

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What is Oedipus' flaw in the play Oedipus?

Though I agree with the previous answer in part, my take is somewhat different.

I believe Oedipus' main flaw is hubris. Hubris is excessive pride that goes before a fall. It is a family trait, it seems, as Oedipus' father believed he could trick the gods and avoid his fate. Oedipus himself is blinded by his hubris, first metaphorically and then literallly. He refuses to heed warnings and proceeds as he, not the gods, sees fit. He tries to pay for his hubris by blinding himself, but I would argue that this action itself is a hubristic act. Once again, Oedipus tries to determine his own fate rather than leaving his punishment to the gods.

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What is Oedipus' flaw in the play Oedipus?

In Oedipus’s story, his flaws are used to make him suffer, suffering is caused by Fate and Fate is determined by the gods. His main tragic flaws are persistence and ignorance that caused his unavoidable fate. Both persistence and ignorance can be supported with examples from Oedipus’s encounter with Teiresias.

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