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The Appropriateness of Oedipuss PunishmentAccording to Encarta Encyclopedia appropriateness is defined as being suited to a particular condition This definition can be applied to a situation in a literary masterpiece Oedipus the King In Oedipus the King a major question arises Does the punishment befit the crime Many critics agree that Oedipuss punishment is just because he ruined an entire nation However others say that fate is uncontrollable and therefore he was not responsible for his actions Oedipuss punishment is appropriate and serves its purpose because by ruining his entire nation trying to escape his fate and suffering from a tragic flaw he learns to accept what he has done In the beginning of Oedipus the King Oedipus is looked upon as the father of his people and the first of men both in the common crises of ones life and face-to-face encounters with the gods Oedipus the King 161 Yet as the plot progresses one realizes that Oedipus is not only the savior but also the source of the pollution Ancient Writers Greece and Rome 199 This is shown when Oedipus uncovers the truth of his past Through Apollos oracle Laius and Jocasta were warned that their son was destined to kill his father and marry his mother Thus Laius pinned his babys feet together and gave him to a shepherd with orders to leave the baby in the mountains to die However instead the shepherd gave the baby to a herdsman from Corinth The herdsman gave the baby to his king Polybus and Oedipus was raised as a prince under Polybus and Merope Later Oedipus discovers about the prophecy he was to kill his father and marry his mother he vows never to return to Corinth again Yet in the midst of his escape he stumbles upon an old man and some servants and he kills them all as a result of a quarrel He continues his journey and becomes king of Thebes
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