John Q. Student Professor Doe English 344 8 May 2000 Hero and Villain: The Ego of Oedipus the King A heroic figure is someone that is able to freely sacrifice his or her ego in the pursuit of something that will better all of mankind. A hero displays dedication to a greater cause, and conviction to an evolved sense of morality. Oedipus, as drawn by Sophocles and translated by David Greene in Oedipus the King is a man who is both villain, and hero. Initially, he is blinded by his own ego driven needs, and is incapable of sacrificing for the greater good of mankind. Although he believes that he is in fact acting as a hero, he is truly villainous, because he only wants to preserve himself. Erroneously acting on these ego driven impulses, he...The end:
.....o prevented him from true heroism. Sophocles, in his impeccable portrayal of the very nature of human villainy in the form of selfishness and pride in the character of Oedipus demonstrates that true heroism requires true selflessness and sacrifice. Oedipus the King, written by Sophocles, translated by Richard Grene and edited by Richard Lattimore demonstrates a unique perspective of true heroism. Oedipus, a great man who performed great feats driven by his own pride fell from his pedestal to demonstrate that true heroism is also true humility. Works Cited Sophocles, David Grene, and Richard Lattimore. The Complete Greek Tragedies: Sophocles I: Oedipus The King, Oedipus at Colonus, Antigone. Chicago: University Of Chicago Press, 1991. Print.