In King Oedipus, Sophocles shows that Oedipus’ ignorant attitude is his
major flaw, but through determination and pride, the King learns the truth about
himself, which in the end makes him a better person. Oedipus says, “And it is my
solemn prayer that the unknown murderer, and his accomplices, if such there be,
may wear the brand of shame for their shameful act, unfriended, to their life’s
end.”(32) In his ignorance, Oedipus does not consider himself a suspect in the
killing of Laius, but his determination to find the killer will unveil the truth.
Oedipus will do whatever it takes to apprehend the malefactor. He says,
I grieve for you my children. Believe me I know all that you desire of me, all
that you suffer, and while you suffer, none suffers more than I. You have your
several griefs, each for himself; but my heart bears the weight of my own, and
yours and all my people’s sorrows.(27)
Oedipus is a proud man and is empathetic of the people...