Character Changes In Oedipus Rex Essay

Each person will play a role in your life which could lead to a positive or a negative impact on your life. Oedipus Rex was written around 429 BCE by Sophocles and is the second play of the trilogy, The Three Theban Plays. This play consists of a prologue, parados as well as an exados and four acts and odes. The setting of the play takes place mostly in Thebes with side notes about previous pasts in other areas, like Corinth. Oedipus is the main character, who, in his best, tries to help the city of Thebes and reveal the killer of the King. As the play progresses, he begins to realize that he is the man whom he seeks as the murder of the King, which is known to be his ultimate downfall. There are several different characters that influence Oedipus’s life as well as how he changes and who he becomes as the play…

Oedipus lets himself get in the way. He goes after several different characters throughout the play accusing them of murdering king the King. Oedipus character brings him to his downfall. He will not stop pursuing the truth until he knows the truth. He is given several warnings but neglects to listen to all of them. One warning comes from the Tiresias: “Just send me home. You bear your burdens, / I’ll bear mine. It’s better that way, / please believe me” (363-366) If Oedipus would not of let what people thought of him and his own pride get in the way he could have avoided own downfall leading to his ultimate fate.
To conclude, there were several different elements, factors, and events that caused Oedipus to his downfall as the leader of Thebes. These characters, the drunken man, Jocasta, Tiresias, and Oedipus himself, each in their own individual way caused Oedipus to his downfall and ultimately were the reasons he was the man that he was at the end of the play. Oedipus realizes how each character has impacted him when it is too late, because his fate and downfall had already come…