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    Hide thy self and hide thy wife. This is what King Laius was thinking when he found out about the prophecy, which was that his son is going to kill him and marry is wife. “Oedipus the King,” a play by Sophocles, is a tragedy taking place at around 430 B.C.. Oedipus, the main character in this story, is the King of Thebes. When he was younger, his parents, King Laius and Jocasta, pinned his feet together (Oedipus meaning “swollen-foot”), and sent him away to his death but he was given to King Polybus in Corinth, where he later finds out what the prophecy is (Sophocles vi). “Know Thyself” is an important statement when it comes to this story because Oedipus’s central problem is that he does not know himself. Oedipus, knowing the prophecy, tries…

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    the story Oedipus Rex written by Sophocles, characters in the story are struggling finding out who killed the former king Laius. None of the characters can figure out the truth so they bring in Tiresias, the blind seer. When he realizes who killed Laius he leaves, leaving everybody in Thebes clueless again. They keep looking until Oedipus thinks he killed Laius and his fate became true. Characters show varying degrees of blindness and sight. Characters show varying degrees of blindness and…

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    plague that was terrorizing Thebes. 2. Where was Laius killed? Laius was killed at a three way crossroad out of the country by Oedipus, when Oedipus and Laius had a scuffle and Oedipus ended up killing Laius. 3. Why did not anyone investigate Laius murder at the time it happened? No one tried to find out why Laius was murderer because the city of Thebes was being terrorized by the sphinx, a mythical creature that specialized in riddles. 4. What was supposed to happen when the murderer would…

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    In the play Oedipus the King, by Sophocles, Oedipus is the ruler of Thebes who is accused of murder and incest. The first accusation, murder, is based on the belief that Oedipus killed his father, Laius. Laius was the previous king of Thebes, before Oedipus’ reign. Before it is discovered that Oedipus is the murderer, the city of Thebes is convinced that a band of thieves killed Laius. However, the truth is that Oedipus murdered him. The second accusation that is brought upon Oedipus is incest.…

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    Oedipus Rex Monologue

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    At this I was angered and went secretly to Delphi, to ask the oracle the true nature of my birth. From her I received no response but only that I would one day kill my father and marry my own mother. Hearing these terrible things, I resolved to leave Corinth and never return there, so as to preserve myself from doing what was so darkly prophesied. But fate does not allow one to escape its grasp so easily. Leaving Delphi, I made my way from Corinth. Coming to a crossroads a carriage attempted…

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    How Does Oedipus Suffer

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    Oedipus has committed retribution worthy malfeasance against individuals. Oedipus, being the king of the city of Thebes, ordered Tiresias, a blind prophet, to go to Apollo, and gain knowledge of how to lift the city of “the disease from which it is suffering,” (page 18). When Tiresias returned, he was wary of telling Oedipus the knowledge he had gained. This caused Oedipus to lose his temper and respond to Tiresias by saying “I think that you helped to plan the murder of Laius―yes, and short of…

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    Oedipus, the king of Thebes, is one of the most powerful and influential of individuals. Despite this, he lacked the ability to change his fate and live the lifestyle he wanted. His destiny was predetermined by the gods who created him. His future was also set, as he will, unknowingly, kill his father, Laius, and have intercourse with his mother, Jocasta. From the beginning, he was an unwanted child with a sealed fate that scared both his father and mother. When Oedipus said, “Apollo told me…

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    Curse Of Oedipus

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    Aware that a terrible curse has fallen upon the city of Thebes, King Oedipus sends Creon, his brother-in-law to seek advice from the god Apollo. Creon returns with the news that the curse can only be lifted if the murderer of former king Laius is identified and either banished or killed. Without much thought, Oedipus makes it his responsibility to discover who committed the murder many years ago and banish them from Thebes forever. It is then suggested to Oedipus that he must speak with the…

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    wife. Especially, since Tiresias tried to warn him that he may not like what he finds because he attempts to accuse Oedipus of committing several heinous acts. Oedipus refused and began putting pieces together. He remembered an old prophecy recited to him as a child, although it did not make any sense because he believed he had parents that lived in Corinth. However, he learned from the messenger that his parents were not his real parents. In fact, he was an abandoned baby from the house of…

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    the play is that was Oedipus a victim of fate or free will? There is a fundamental relation between fate and free will. All the misfortunes that occurred in the life of Oedipus were a result of either his wishes or the wish of God. Both free will and fate played an essential role in destruction of the life of Oedipus. Firstly, one must discuss how Fate played part in Oedipus’s life. There are a few specific instances in the drama that tells prove this. Oedipus was the son of Laius and Jocasta.…

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