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Student’s Name: Professor’s Name: Course: Date: Oedipus Tyrannus Introduction Oedipus Tyrannus is a prominent king of the Greek Empire, and his entire life is full of misery and tragedy. The tragedy centers on the Greek culture in Athens. This play revolves around a ruler or king in the Greek empire. Also, it revolves a king who married his mother and killed his father. He was described as a tyrant because of the many ills that he committed that were inhuman. Sophocles play is a prolific literary work that is characterized by a plague that attacks the city leading to many deaths. The king also misbehaves by committing incest with his mother. Jocasta, his mother, commits suicide because of the frustrations with the king who happens to be his son. Although fate may have contributed the king’s downfall, it was his free will to fall. The king is also heroic to some extent because of some of the actions he did. Oedipus king as tragic and heroic Oedipus Tyrannus prepared the ground for his downfall. It was his free will to fail. He charted his destiny regarding his life which was characterized by numerous pitfalls. Oedipus led a catastrophic life, and he never enjoyed the trappings of power that comes with being a great leader such as a king (Segal 25). He had numerous mishaps with his parents since he was a young child. Though it had been prophesied regarding some of his failures, he immensely contributed to most of them. Oedipus Tyrannus tried to avoid some of his mishaps to no avail. King Oedipus rule in the Greek Empire was characterized by cruelty, frailty, evil, and other numerous errors that negatively affected people either directly or indirectly.