In a world full of good deeds and lofty acts of appreciation, it is very difficult to know if someone actions are sincere or insincere. As humans with only a limited life span, every opportunity must be executed. The opportunities must be taken even if these plans are plotted against another. These motives are usually hidden, and revealed at the last minute. However, in the play Oedipus Rex, by Sophocles, it is clear that there are many open acts of betrayal, but the main ones are: Oedipus’s behavior toward his brother, parents, and immediate family.
Next, because of Oedipus’s paranoia of being Laius’s killer, he is willing to betray anyone, even his brother-in-law, Creon. For example, without any evidence what so ever, he says, “The trusted Creon, my friend from the beginning, beguiles me and secretly desires to oust me, engaging this craftily-working wizard, this trickery beggar” (line 405). What this means is that Oedipus believes that Creon is plotting against him simply because a prophet told him, that he is the murder of the former king. Instead of trying to work things out with Creon, Oedipus tells Creon that he wants him “To die, not flee” the land (line 649). Remember, Creon is his wife’s brother and Oedipus still wishes such a harsh punishment on him. This is absolute cruelty toward both Creon and his wife.
In addition, another event that shows much betrayal is the way Oedipus treated his parents. When Oedipus was younger, he had ran away from home to try to prevent something a prophet had told him, that inevitably happened anyway (page 29).This was very inconsiderate and the ultimate definition of betrayal toward his most beloved ones. Even though, he may have been trying to keep his parents best interest in mind by leaving his home, he could have definitely dealt with it in a better and more thoughtful way. His parents must have been sick out their right minds in concern of his worry about and safety.
Despite this, one of the most compelling...