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In the play Oedipus Rex Sophocles carefully gives eachcharacter their own personality so they will react differentlyto their problems as they come about The way each character dealwith his or her feelings is what makes this play so powerfulThrough out the play we know for a fact the main characterOedipus Rex had indeed killed his father in a confrontation andwent on to marry his mother Iocaste As Oedipus learns this hegoes through a great deal of emotions throughout the storyranging from one extreme to the otherAfter Oedipus learns about his prophesy he becomes deathlyafraid the Oracle might become true One problem Oedipus doesntknow the people he has been living with are not his birthparents He leaves his native place so he would not fulfill hisprophesy On the road leading away form his supposed home hemeets King Laius not knowing of course King Laius is his realfather In a sudden quarrel strikes him dead After Oedipussolves the riddle of the Sphinx the city is saved He isrewarded with the hand of Iocaste and becomes king of Thebes Atthis point the prophesy has been fulfilled by the unknowing KingOedipus This would bring a great deal of pride to a man andcan easily lead to arrogance which is later seen Throughout the story Oedipus gets several clues which makeshim believe the oracle came true he later shows he is sincerelyhoping for the best from his fate He is talking to a messengerand to Iocaste about his prophesy Iocastes says the followingWhy should anyone in this world be afraidsince fate rules us and nothing can be foreseen A man should live only for the present dayHave no more fear of sleeping with your motherHow many men in dreams have lain with their mothersNo reasonable man is troubled by such things This is in relation to what Freudian Freuds psychoanalytictheory about the Oedipus complex Freud states An Oedipus complex consists of a double set ofattitudes toward both parents 1 An
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