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The play Oedipus Rex may show mankinds search for a better society The Greeks in the 5th century BC tried to make the most out of life They wanted to know what was the best way to live in that society at the time The Greeks then began to study mankind They began to determine between the rights and wrongs of the society He who violated the social norms suffered throughout their life For example Oedipus Rex showed mainly three types of unmoral acts that deified the social norms of society The main three were his Intellectual Pride Three types of Hubris and his anger and rash judgment towards Creon Prior to the birth of Oedipus Rex a prophecy was spoken over Laius and his wife Jocasta They were told that their son would one day be his fathers killer and would then marry his mother In fear kind Lauis and queen Jocasta sent the baby off with a slave to be killed He was never killed but rather was given to a childless king and queen which lovingly raised him Later in his life several unknown men traveling confronted him Upon confrontation Oedipus Rex killed all but one of the men in self-defense Unknowingly Oedipus had begun to fulfill the prophecy for one of the men had been his father Laius While traveling Oedipus had come to the city of Thebes There he saved the city from the wrath of the sphinx by solving her riddle He was a savior to the city and was made king and married Jocasta his mother They ruled together and conceived four children Although the truth had been spoken to Oedipus about these matters previously he had chosen not to believe them Oedipuss Intellectual Pride begins to unravel He is looking for the murderer of the king his father He thinks 5 or 6 men killed the king because of money bribery No Oedipus is wrong He makes
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