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Oedipus Rex And now of all men ever known Most pitiful is this mans story His fortunes are most changed his state Fallen to a low slaves Ground under bitter fate Oedipus Rex pg 64 One of the most commonly seen traits among the characters in Greek mythology is the violence that envelops their lives From what we have read so far few have experienced such radical changes as Oedipus He is one of the most touching figures that we have seen In Oedipus Rex and Oedipus at Colonus he fights against himself in a battle which he cannot win He represents the tragedy of a mans encounter with his own truth When Oedipus Rex begins we find that a plague is consuming Thebes Oedipus quickly sends Creon to Delphi to receive the first oracle Creon explains that a great crime had been committed The murderer of king Laios is in their city and until justice is given the plague will remain So brazen Oedipus begins his investigation with a promise I solemnly forbid the people of this country Where power and throne are mine ever to receive that manAnd as for me this curse applies no less Oedipus is blind to the true nature of the situation and himself He desperately wants to know to see but he cannot At this point it is obvious that Oedipuss action must be to overcome his blindness Ironically into the play is introduced a prophet Teiresias He is physically blind but is a clairvoyant He does not wish to tell Oedipus the true nature of the situation and 1 attempts to leave Only upon insistent badgering does Teiresias reluctantly tell Oedipus that he is the cause of the citys misfortune He even tells him that this man who is responsible for his fathers murder is also sleeping with his mother Naturally Oedipus is disgusted by the seers accusations after all he left his
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