Oedipus Rex or Oedipus the King

What is oedipus' s primary motivation throughout the action of the play? What were his motives in actions prior to the play? What characters try to dissuade him from pursuing his purpose, and why do they do so? How do his subjects regard him?

Explain how his motives affect him

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Oedipus deals with the vicissitudes of human fortune (ups and downs) throughout this play, and the play that follows in the Theban Cycle.


At the onset, Oedipus is motivated by hubris, excessive pride, having arrived at a town where he is claimed as a hero and its successor to King Laius. Oedipus immediately becomes defensive when confronted by Teiresias, the blind prophet (being blind is a bit of foreshadowing as well as a traditional.