Quotes from Oedipus Let's take a look at some quotes showcasing the hubris of Oedipus: Your words are just; but to constrain the gods to what they will not, passes all men's power. He believes it is better to no longer see the things and people around him. You're rejected for your education, you're rejected for this or that and it's really tough. At any rate, my son, I saved thee then. And yet good counsels give I, for thy good. He calls Tiresias names and throws accusations, then builds himself up by reminding everyone of how he answered the Sphinx's riddle.
But my heart Mourns for the peoples sorrow and mine own; And, lo! Right well hath Phbus, and right well hast thou, Shown for the dead your care, and ye shall find, As is most meet, in me a helper true, Aiding at once my country and the God. He hasn't yet realized he is the murder and is thus cursing himself—a curse that will later be carried out. As the play unfolds, then, both Oedipus' virtues and his weaknesses will lead to his ultimate downfall. What power with one fell swoop, Ills heaping upon ills, Each greater than the last, Has marked thee for its prey? And this I charge thee, yea, and supplicate, For her within, provide what tomb thou wilt, For for thine own most meetly thou wilt care; But never let this city of my fathers Be sentenced to receive me as its guest; But suffer me on yon lone hills to dwell, Where stands Kithæron, chosen as my tomb While still I lived, by mother and by sire, That I may die by those who sought to kill. Say, prince, our well-beloved, Menkeus son, What sacred answer bringst thou from the God? Thou perchance canst say From former knowledge yet more certainly.
I am he who gives thee this, Knowing the joy thou hadst in them of old. Wilt not hold thy tongue? And dost thou promise, then, to grant it me? Reason fails you all; but neer will I So speak my sorrows as to unveil thine. And in what regions didst thou chiefly dwell? But thou, fear not that marriage with thy mother: Such things men oft have dreams of; but who cares The least about them lives the happiest. Why, the, O king, did I who came with good Not free thee from this fear that haunts thy soul? Could I but touch them with my hands, I feel Still I should have them mine, as when I saw. Right well I knew this, but in evil hour Forgot, alas! He went, so spake he, pilgrim-wise afar, And nevermore came back as forth he went. Of that I doubt not, if truth holds her own. O ye Three, Shine on us, and deliver us from ill! There lives not man Who wastes his life more wretchedly than thou.
Sphinx a winged monster with a lion's body and the head and breasts of a woman. Or dost thou challenge me? But in what exactly, in each particular case, does this irony, for the audience, consist? For one and all Are stricken, yet no sorrow like to mine Weighs on you. None, not one, My children! Suggestions, comments and questions are welcome. In this our land, so said he, those who seek Shall find; unsought, we lose it utterly. We should remain open to the possibility that even the same playwright, in another work for example, Sophocles in his Antigonê , might undertake to use the same general effect to quite different thematic ends. But all too soon, Will we or will we not, theyll come to light. Long before the play begins, Oedipus became king of Thebes by solving the riddle of the Sphinx.
Come, scorn ye not to touch my misery, But hearken; fear ye not; no soul but I Can bear the burden of my countless ills. For thy good I ask. Of course, neither the citizens of Thebes nor Oedipus himself realize that he is the reason for the curse on the city. What general principle does she derive this from? As yet this land, for all thy former zeal, Calls thee its saviour: do not give us cause So to remember this thy reign, as men Who, having risen, then fall low again; But save us, save our city. From the outset, Antigone is the only one who sees what is really going on, the only one willing to speak up and point out the truth. As we see early in the drama, Oedipus shows that he understands the gods' power. Some stay he surely needs, or guiding hand, For greater is the ill than he can bear, And this he soon will show thee, for the bolts Of the two gates are opening, and thoult see A sight to touch een hatreds self with pity.
Ah, friend, Thou only keepest by me, faithful found, Nor dost the blind one slight. Go thou, but leave the girls. Why, then, didst thou to this old man resign him? What hindered you, when thus your sovereignty Had fallen low, from searching out the truth? The oracle was surely clear enough That I, the parricide, the pest, should die. Grant, O King Apollo, that he come with omen good, Bright with the cheer of one that bringeth life. Fates firm decree stands fixed: Thou diest not by me. A humbling lesson—Sophocles shows how Oedipus' hot temper and hubris provoked Teiresias and set his own downfall in motion. His sharp mind and quickness to action have made him an admired and successful leader.
I had the charge to tend the mountain flocks. O children, wailing loud, ye tell me not Of woes unknown; too well I know them all, Your sorrows and your wants. A fearful oracle, my friend, from God. He used to tell that robbers fell on him, Not man for man, but with outnumbering force. Words fright not him who, doing, knows no fear. It's only later, when their will seems to turn against him, that he begins to push back.
Delphi a town in ancient Phocis, on the slopes of Mount Parnassus; seat of the famous ancient oracle of Apollo. As Oedipus speaks, Creon returns with the oracle's message: The plague will end when the murderer of Laius the former King is killed or banished. What evil, plight, then, didst thou find me in? Thus from his chance there came the name thou bearest. Why, when the monster with her song was here, Didst thou not give our countrymen thy help? When her form He saw, poor wretch! Where floats my voice in air? A clear contrast from the first quote, Oedipus' tone here shows that he is paranoid, has a short temper, and is pompous. The Sphinx, with her dark riddle, bade us look At nearer facts, and leave the dim obscure. Let me go home; for thus thy fate shalt thou, And I mine own, bear easiest, if thou yield.