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The play Oedipus Rex by Sophocles is a tragedy in which the main character Oedipus Rex killed his father and married his mother Approaching the end of the play Creon now the King of Thebes said to Oedipus Think no longerThat you are in command here but rather thinkHow when you were you served your own destruction Creon is correct in this pronouncement Three times throughout the play Oedipus failed to take the advice of significant people in his life His father Polybus the prophet Teiresias and his wife Jocasta all tried to advise him to stop pursuing the truth His incapability to completely identify with what these three people were trying to tell him ultimately led to his destruction Oedipus first set of advice came from Polybus following a banquet in Corinth After a drunken man approached Oedipus and declared that he was not his fathers son Oedipus questioned Polybus Polybus told Oedipus to dismiss the mans remarks that it was the slanderous remarks of a fool but Oedipus curiosity got the best of him He traveled to Delphi where the oracle told him that he would lie with his own mother and that he would be his fathers murderer Petrified of killing Polybus he fled from Corinth While fleeing he unknowingly killed King Laius his real father and subsequently in Thebes married Jocasta his real mother Once he made the rash decision to flee from Corinth Oedipus set the prophecy of the oracle in motion which is the opposite of what he intended Had he just listened to Polybus he never would have encountered King Laius or married his own mother The second set of advice Oedipus failed to listen to came from the prophet Teiresias A great plague had befallen Thebes The only way to end the plague was to exile or kill the murderer of the former King Laius Hastily Oedipus decreed that whoever the
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