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By Lawrence GrayDo you have a great understanding of Oedipus the King Theunderstandingprovoked by reading this story is not accidental but intentional Sophocleswants the reader to walk away with condemnation and regret The reader cannot help but to walk away from the book with a better understanding of fateThe knowledge gained is going to be different for each reader Tounderstand the story an eye examination must take place A diagnosis ofeach characters function and true self must be performed Unless thereader puts on his or her lenses of interpretation they will suffer fromimpaired visionFirst the main character Oedipus according to the story is the greatestofmen and the solver of riddles Well Oedipus can only solve the riddle ofhis own origins by revealing a truth too awful to bear Knowledge is powerbut the insight gained from the knowledge is painful Oedipus is theperfect example of this philosophy Oedipus strive to see everythingblinded him but even in his blindness he still searched for answersChristopher Nassaar writes Oedipus is thus the patron saint ofphilosophers scientists poets and artists - of all truth-seekers LikeMulder and Scully in the X Files Oedipus knows the truth is outtherebut unlike them he doesnt expect to have his eyesight restored for nextweeks episode187 Nassaar also writes Oedipus is an inspirationformankind he must find out the truth at whatever cost and then accept thefull responsibility for the knowledge he has discovered Knowledge plus painis better than Ignorance plus bliss 187 Is Oedipus fate predeterminedNo all the choices made are by Oedipus He chose to send Creon to Delphito listen to the priest to ask for Teiresias to have the Old Shepherdfetched And his blinding was freely chosen not unchosen Sophocles neededOedipus to appear as a wise person In order to do this he had him solvethe riddle of the Sphinx During this time period only the wise and divineknew the answer to riddlesSecondly Jocasta the wife and mother of Oedipus is the perfect characterfor
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