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Oedipus is first introduced as a savior A priest surrounded by a crowd of questioning children and peasants has come to ask Oedipus what may be done to alleviate the terrible blights which afflict the city of Thebes He comes to hear their story directly instead of asking them to explain to a messenger I did not think it fit that I should hearof this from messengers but came myself Indeed Im willing to give allthat you may need I would be very hardshould I not pity suppliants like these p11 6-13 This role is an extension of the heroic part that Oedipus plays in rescuing the city from the Sphinx in a riddling contest His first introduction to Thebes is his use of reason to defeat evil and the people recognize his abilities and respond accordingly we have not come as suppliants to this altarbecause we thought of you as a Godbut rather judging you the first of men p12 l31-33 Despite their views about his personal humanity they do not see his wisdom as originating from human means The people of Thebes blame the pestilence destroying their city upon the gods so too do they credit Oedipuss foresight and counsel as being of godly origin Oedipus himself chooses to ignore this popular conception of his power He responds to this call for godly aid with an account of his own personal attempts to unravel the problem never once even making an allusion to immortals He tells them my spirit groansfor city and myself and you at once p13 l64-65 thereby signifying that he has personally taken the problems of Thebes upon himself to solve disregarding the usefulness of the gods It is Creon who introduces the idea of an oracle from Apollo as a viable solution to the epidemic of disasters Although Oedipus doesnt ask the gods for help himself he like the rest of the population sees the message from Apollo
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