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Knowledge in Oedipus the King In Oedipus the King the knowledge that some characters in the play possess is very crucial in developing the plot The knowledge in the play is the basic foundation of Oedipus future either to remain as the King of Thebes or to be sentenced to death or exile forever The ironic outcome of the play is tragic One mans attempt to escape his unfortunate fate leads him into the hands of what he dreaded the most Every man is born with a predestined future No matter how hard you try to avoid it one way or another it will come back to haunt you The play takes place in Thebes the plot of the play thickens as Oedipus is trying to rid the city of a terrible plague that infects the streets and homes In order to do so he must find and avenge the killer of the late King Laios One of the characters in Oedipus the King who possesses this gift of knowledge is the profit Teiresias Teiresias is a wise old man who has supernatural powers to interpret the past and predict the future He is somewhat like a modern psychic gifted in the art of foretelling things to come He knows what the god Apollo knows The fact that Teiresias is blind makes his visionary abilities even more mysterious At the start of the play Oedipus sends his brother-in-law Creon to call upon Teiresias so he could tell about the murderer of Laios Teiresias knows of the destiny that Oedipus was born with He was destined to kill his father and marry his mother When he was called upon to share what he knows about Laios murder Teiresias refuses to answer Oedipus questions about the prophecy When he was threatened with death he finally revealed what he knew using riddles and slogans which confuses even the brilliant Oedipus He then blames Creon and Teiresias for
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