Oedipus is self-confident, intelligent and strong willed. Ironically these are the very traits which bring about his demise. Sophocles makes liberal use of irony throughout "Oedipus the King". He creates various situations in which dramatic and verbal irony play key roles in the downfall of Oedipus. Dramatic irony depends on the audience's knowing something that the character does not and verbal irony is presented when there is a contradiction between what a character says and what they mean. Both of these elements are used effectively to develop the tale of Oedipus.
Blindness is the downfall of the hero Oedipus in the play ""King OedipusaEaE by Sophocles. Not only does the blindness appear physically, but also egotistically as he refuses to acknowledge the possibility of him actually being the murderer of Laius, the former King of Thebes. ... The people of Thebes are informed that there is an impending curse upon them as a result of the murder mystery of their previous king, Laius. ... Because of this he unknowingly promotes himself as a tragic hero. ... As he makes the transition from innocence to experience changes in character occur, height...
"Oedipus the King is Indeed a Tragic Hero"
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