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In Oedipus the King Sophocles has many elements that change throughout his play Many of these show Oedipus progression as a tragic hero His faith is tested and fails him before he can finally see the truth At the start of the play Oedipus believes in prophets but thinks he can avoid his foretold future When he hears more about his own prophecy from a blind prophet Tiresias he begins to doubt the validity of prophets By the end of the play Oedipus realizes the prophets are valid and sees the gods as all-powerful Oedipuss belief in the prophets wavers as the play progresses Opening the play Oedipus sees himself as managing to avoid his prophecy He has not lost any confidence in prophets but rather feels he can still avoid his so-called destiny Oedipus continued confidence in the prophets is displayed when he is asked to help end the plague that has fallen over the city I Oedipus sent Creon my wifes own brother to Delphi-Apollo the Prophets oracle-to learn what I might doto save our city81-84 Oedipus then declares what he learns from the oracle as truth He now wants a quick end to the mystery of Laius murderer to end the plague Believing in prophets insight he sends for Tiresias the blind old prophet In questioning Tiresias Oedipus begins to doubt what a prophet can see When denied an answer to this mystery of murder Oedipus gets enraged and confused by the noncompliance Tiresias is finally provoked into telling the answer and knowing this to be impossible Oedipus believes the prophets words are nothing416 His rage with this impossible news alongside the belief that he has not fulfilled his prophecy brings disbelief of a prophets powers Talking with his wife Jocasta after this furthers his doubts in prophets She believes that no human can penetrate the future782 Then as she goes on speaking about the false prophecy she
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