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Jocasta is an integral part of the play Oedipus The King by Sophocles Her actions and thoughts are important to the reader as well as the characters within the play In this passage there are several themes and significant items that she is addressing Jocasta is trying to help relieve Oedipus of his fears that come from the oracles Jocasta states at the beginning of her speech to Oedipus 977-984 that since chance is against him there is no need to worry he can not know what will occur in the future Jocasta on the other hand does not follow her own advice and decides to kill herself instead of living with the guilt of sleeping with Oedipus She continues to say that because of fate man should live life without thinking of the consequences of his actions It seems as though Jocasta advocates a world without morals It is almost as though Jocasta does not see anything wrong with a man sleeping with his motherJocasta is being hypocritical when she says that person should not think about his actions because he can not avoid taking them 971 According to this logic her discussion to marry Oedipus even after the oracle stated that she will marry her son who will kill her husband was inevitable When she finally becomes aware that Oedipus her husband is also her son she is horrified 1060-1061 If she really believed that a person should live life unthinkingly then she would have been able to continue on with her life and not to have been so distraught by the news However she goes so far as to kill herself 1246-1252 While Jacostas speech point to her hypocrisy it also points to a world without morals - a world where man should do whatever he wants and does not have to worry about his actions Best to live lightly as one can unthinkingly Jocasta says painting a portrait of a society
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