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I count myself the son of chance the great goddess giver of all good things--Ill never see myself disgraced boasts Oedipus about himself in Oedipus the king written by the great Greek playwright Sophocles Oedipus trying to escape his fate killing his father and mating with his mother is crowned king of Thebes after solving the Sphinxs riddle Oedipus the son of Laius and Jocasta is doomed to live a tragic life however his tragedy becomes evident only when it is to late to restate the consequences of his past Oedipus does not have any kind of control over his life he is destined to live a tragic life and die a horrendous death The destiny of Oedipus the king leads this prideful mortal man through valleys that other men would and could not endure Oedipus mother Jocasta gave birth to a doomed child and tried to rid herself of the baby A Sheppard saved the boys life only to remind him that he is meant for suffering I pitied the little baby master if you are the man he says you are believe me you were born for pain1304 Oedipus Is faced with a great ordeal for him and his great city of Thebes the gods have sent a dark plague that ravages the city and Oedipus is left with the task of ridding the city from this ordeal The gods have instructed the leaders that the plague can be cured if the murderer of the former king Laius is uncovered Oedipus accepts this challenge and curses the killer I curse myself as well if by any chance he proves to be an intimate of our house here at my hearth with my full knowledge may curse I just called down on him strike me 287 Oedipus words are ironic for he does not know that the curse is addressed to him and only him Oedipus accuses Tiresias even though he is
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