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How did Oedipus cause his own downfall

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Oedipus not know who his real father was, killed his father and married his mother as per predicated by the Oracles.
Submitted: 7 years ago.
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Expert:  Ryan replied 7 years ago.

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Oedipus caused his own downfall because of his pride. He did not listen to Teiresias who warned him to not investigate Laius's death. Oedipus was too stubborn however, and continued on. This is a common theme in a lot of Aristotle like tragedies. Another argument could be made that Oedipus causes his own downfall simply because he doesn't know who he is. If anything, he was ignorant during his actions, while he was trying to uncover the past.

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Customer: replied 7 years ago.
Reply to Ryan's Post: Can you please expand by indicating where I can substantiate this
Expert:  Ryan replied 7 years ago.

Do you mean you'd like references?

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Expert:  Ryan replied 7 years ago.

Here is an example:

Relating to Oedipus and his downfall resulting from not knowing who he was: Oedipus is described many, many times and wanting to "see". His curiousity in this case is not a vice, simply who he is because he doesn't know his past. This helps contribute to his downfall.

Is that what you had in mind?

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Customer: replied 7 years ago.
Reply to Ryan's Post: Yes - I need references/quotes to prove that he caused his own downfall. Quotes from the play. I need to write an 8 page report
Expert:  Ryan replied 7 years ago.

Well, I don't have the play in front of me, and I think that is a little more than I want to chew off right now. I'll opt out of this question and give other Experts the chance to answer. They can work with what I already started for you.

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Ryan

Customer: replied 7 years ago.
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I need references/and or quotes from the play to substantiate how Oedipus caused his own downfall by committing the crime of killing his real father and marrying his real mother as per forseen by the oracle. I have a 8 page report to write.
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I need references/and or quotes from the play to substantiate how Oedipus caused his own downfall by committing the crime of killing his real father and marrying his real mother as per forseen by the oracle.

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