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Oedipus the Irony In Sophocless Oedipus The King Oedipuss life was set for him He learned through the Oracle of Apollo at Delphi that during the span of his lifetime that he would kill his father and marry his mother He was obviously concerned by this Laius also received the same Oracle from Apollo Laius the King of Thebes was also worried by this prophecy They both tried to stop their destiny and change the future They believe that they were powerful enough to control everything around them Ironically these two strangers meet and Oedipus kills Laius and marries Laius widow Then in order to stop the plague that hits the city Oedipus needs to find the murder of the former king of Thebes He even curses the murder and demand that he speaks up Ironically it is no other than himself He also warned by his wifemother Jocasta not to continue the search for killer He does not listen to her and in return he discovers the horrible truth In which costs Jocasta her life He also says that he will go easy on the man who will turn himself in for the murder of Laius But ironically the punishment that he gives himself is far worse than anyone else would have received This great play is filled with many cynical parts throughout But the irony is what makes this play such genius When Laius got his Oracle of Apollo from Delphi that his son would kill him and marry his widow he tried to control faith by having his baby boy killed He had baby Oedipus bounded and pierced by the feet and left on the mountainside for dead The baby was given to King Polybus ruler of Corinth Polybus took care of Oedipus like one of his own Oedipus even believes that he was Polybuss son Then Oedipus received the same Oracle that he would kill his father and marry his
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