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Would Oedipus have been better off if he was blind to the knowledge of his birth and the fate which was foretold to someday befall him His life would have been a far easier path had he never known about his true origins Without the burden of this knowledge life in Corinth would have been long and prosperous and Thebes would have lived on under King Laius In fact everyone would have been better in the end if Oedipus had not ventured out beyond the walls of Corinth If Oedipus would have accepted who he was in Corinth and not gone in search of who he truly was he would have been fine but he did He found out his fate from the seer and ran away trying to change it Oedipus would find that he was not able to change his fate likely due to personal flaw As in most all Greek works one can not change fate but attempts to at their own sorrow When in a bar in Corinth Oedipus encountered a drunkard tells Oedipus that he isnt really the kings son Sophicles once said An unexamined life is not worth living Meaning that without looking to see who you are you live unknowing of events to come Up to then Oedipus had led an unexamined life one that was in the dark unknowing as to what fate lied beyond every turn Oedipus meets up with a band of travelers who wanted Oedipus to yield the road to them but neither would move When the travelers continued by Oedipus the man inside hit him on the head and in a Shumate 2 rage Oedipus kills them all except for one Oedipus has killed his father Oedipus then continues onward to Thebes where the Sphinx kills all who can not answer the riddle Yet Oedipus answers it and saves the city In return he is appointed king because
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