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Question: “In Oedipus Tyranus, Oedipus is destroyed by his own flawed character.” Assess this statement.

Answer: To assess the accuracy of this claim, it is first necessary to view the character of Oedipus in the historical context in which Oedipus Rex was written. The prevailing political thinking in Ancient Greece was that a man was defined by his position and role within the polis. Oedipus is unquestionably a man of the people, his opening remark “Oh my children,” (Soph. OT. 1) while addressing the priests and men gathered to ask his advice, indicates his authority and compassion for the suffering of his subjects....(short extract)

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  • Subject: Classics
  • Course: Classics
  • Level: A-Level
  • Year: Not applicable
  • Mark: Not available
  • Words: 1337
  • Date submitted: July 28, 2009
  • Date written: December, 2002
  • References: No
  • Document type: Essay*
  • Essay ID: 1964

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