William Shakespeare 's ' King Oedipus ' And ' The Theban Plays ' Trilogy By Sophocles

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“Knowledge is power” according to Francis Bacon an English philosopher, statesman, scientist, and author. Although the statement is mostly true is not the case in “King Oedipus”, the first book of “the Theban Plays” trilogy by Sophocles. Oedipus had learned his prophecy of the gods and although he had knowledge of the future he did not have the power to control it and could not prevent the prophecy from being foretold. Although he could not control his prophecy he still had the power to manipulate his outcome. Through his action Oedipus did have some influence of his future. Oedipus 's pride, impetuous behavior and lack of insight determine his inevitable fate through cause and effect. Firstly Oedipus’s pride is shown predominantly in the play on several occasions. There are many examples of it but it does not show more clearly until he equates himself to the gods. Oedipus is searching for the killer of Laius but must confront the shepherd who potentially has the truth of his birth. Oedipus is not afraid to face the shepherd because he thinks that he is great . “I am a child of Fortune,/ The giver of good, and I shall not be shamed./ She is my mother; my sisters are the Seasons;/ My rising and my falling march with theirs,/ Born thus, I ask to be no other man/ Than I am, and will know who I am.” (55). In this example Oedipus announces that he cannot be shamed because he is equal to a god. In Oedipus’s religion man is nowhere close to being on the same grounds as a god.…

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