Oedipus could leave the city of Thebes and let the plague take its course, but pity for the sufferings of his people and the fear for his own life compelled him to consult Delphi.
When Creon returns and bring back Apollo’s word, he could leave the murder of Laius uninvestigated, but pride and justice cause him to act.
Oedipus’ constant struggle to discover the truth ruined him most in the end.
Even though he is warned many times to stop seeking the truth, he continues his search. Therefore, one can see Oedipus’ need to uncover the truth about Laius and then about himself as proof of his commitment to uphold his own nature.
A literary tragedy presents courageous individuals who confront powerful forces within or outside themselves with a dignity that reveals the depth of the human spirit in the face of failure, defeat, and even death.
It is said that a man should never consider himself fortunate unless he can look back on his life and remember that life without pain.
A hero prizes above all else his honor and the excellence of his life.
When his honor is at stake, all other considerations become irrelevant.
This is another factor that led to the tragic figure’s ruin.
The story of Oedipus fascinates us because of the spectacle of a man freely choosing, from the highest motives, a series of actions which lead to his ruin.