Oedipus Rex or Oedipus the King

In what sense is Oedipus,though a king, also an "everyman" figure? In other words,how might this play be said to explore something fundamental about the limitation involved in being human?


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Oedipus represents the "Everyman," he represents people, who are often wise, but also foolish. He represents people's strong longing for home and the truth about themselves. Oedipus has a strong sense of hubris as well as pathos which, like all of us, guides his motivations and experiences. In one scene both Oedipus and Tiresias accuse each other of blindness and arrogance. These are traits that all people share: blindness of the truth and excessive pride.