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Through Sophocles use of foreshadowing in the play Oedipus Rex certain truthsare revealed to the reader such as the fact that a lack of respect for fate can eventuallybring on a persons downfall by driving them to delusion Oedipus is looked up to by allhis kingdom at the opening of the play only to be thwarted by his own lack ofintelligence-- and more by his lack of faith than even that Oedipus once the sanguine yetslightly overbearing ruler of the people is reduced to less than a sliver of a human beingWhen confronted by the prophet Teiresius Oedipus feels most perplexed and evenexposed And so he rejects any possibility of validity in Teiresius prognostication and indoing this signs his own sentence Because of Oedipus failure to respect the insight of agifted seer he is doomed to a blind and bloody endAs I have said before Oedipus was first revered by all his people His earnestpatriotism for his adoptive land and people are well received by all in his kingdom Afterall he is the most glorious Oedipus p13ln8 Oedipus perceives himself to be aflawless champion for those surrounding him These blind expectations that the mostexalted Oedipus has for himself are the very things that lead him to put little credence inothers and nearly all his faith in himself And once he decides he is stronger than prophecyhis mad unseeing eyes are unable to pick up the warning signs lining his road to oblivionAt one point in the play the blind hermaphroditic Teiresius enters to bringOedipus head out of the clouds and back to earth where things are a mite different Thisis one point of the play in which Oedipus is unbelievably close to finally buying into thefact that some power higher than himself could be at work-- and yet his arrogance andpride hinder him from accepting the legitimacy of fate Oedipus finds the idea thatTeiresius could know more than he simply offensive Teiresius sensing Oedipus hostilitytoward
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