In the play Oedipus the King, by Sophocles, Oedipus' self-destruction and fall from power leaves him as the villain and not the hero in this play. The very thing he fights so hard to discover, is what leads to his self-destruction. Oedipus is the only one to blame for this destruction, even though he tries to place the blame on others. Oedipus' real traits are shown in his downfall, his haste, his anger and his
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have denied all the evidence and gotten rid of Tiresias and no one would have known that he was the one who killed his father and married his mother. But Oedipus' truthfulness led to his decline of power.
Oedipus' fall is brought on by himself. He is the one most intent on finding out who killed Laios. And when it turns out to be himself we see that he does indeed cause his own self-destruction.