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Since the beginning of time man has used various methods on which to pass down stories beliefs and myths which explain different aspects of life From oral tradition to pictographs to clay tablets and onto paper all compose the world of literature Literature has always been an infinite realm of ideas morals and trains of thought Although the sphere of literature is encircled with extreme diversity of thought its core is focused on one theme man All literature carries with itself three main characteristics it is written by man for man and about man Oedipus the King the great Greek tragedy by the unparalleled philosopher Sophocles is no exception to literatures domain It deals with one king Oedipus and his plight to avenge the death of his predecessor King Laios In his determined search to find the murderer he establishes a proclamation which would demand the banishment and even the death of the murderer In his ironic action the reader discovers that this murderer that Oedipus is so determined to discover is none other than Oedipus himself In adhesion to the definition of literature this tragic plot reveals to the reader three main commentaries about the nature of man man cannot escape his past pride is the sin which leads man to greater evils and although the life of man is in itself a positive good there will always be a shadow of terrible tragedy that falls across it All throughout literature many works have portrayed characters who carry with them a dark and gloomy past and try to tear this shameful history of their lives from the books of their life Unfortunately this is impossible due to the fact that the past is a precursor to the present which in turn determines ones future It is ones past that makes one what he or she is today For example if an individual committed ruthless acts such as theft or murder was
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