Oedipus The King Of Oedipus Essay

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Sophocles’ play Oedipus Rex depicts a story of a young, prideful man who becomes the King of Thebes; meanwhile ignoring an inevitable prophecy of killing his birth father Laius and marrying his mother Jocasta. During the play, the author emphasizes Oedipus’s tragic flaw of being unaware of himself or his true identity. His ignorant and stubborn behavior both contribute to the irony behind the words inscribed on the temple at Delphi: “know thyself “. Oedipus does not know himself because he is oblivious of the identities of his parents, unaware of Laius’s murderer and in denial of Teresias claims. In the beginning of the play, evidence of Oedipus’s ignorance is portrayed when discussing his parents. Previously in the story, the oracle informs King Laius of Thebes that he will have a child who will eventually kill him and sleep with his wife Jocasta. Therefore, when Oedipus is born, King Laius pierces his ankles and abandons him on a mountainside to die; until a shepherd finds him and takes him to King Polybus and Queen Merope of Corinth. However, Oedipus is unaware of his biological parents and his birth story throughout most of the play and desperately searches for answers, information about their identities. He says, “My parents again! ---Wait: who are my parents” (Sophocles 23)? Oedipus is oblivious of who his real parents are and feels anxious when Teiresias mentions the word parent, impatiently searching for clues that will lead him to them. Unsatisfied…

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