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Throughout ones lifetime he or she learns many different sayings that hold true in many different facets of life Many of these sayings regard things not being what they seem A specific example comes to mind when analyzing Oedipus Rex and Oedipus at Colonus It is that looks may be deceiving To the naked eye it appears as though Oedipus changes throughout the two plays However upon further inspection many if not all of the dislikeable qualities that appear in Oedipus Rex are also prevalent in Oedipus at Colonus In both of the plays Oedipus regularly displays a very short and vicious temper It was in fact his temper that led him to kill Laius to set off the whole chain reaction that lead to his downfall Tiresias and Creon bear the wrath of Oedipus temper once he first hears what Tiresias says This defilement of the word of Tiresias who is supposed to know all shows the lack of respect Oedipus has towards the prophesy and the gods which leads Tiresias to say you see and still are blind--appallingly 23 When his unquenchable thirst for the knowledge of his birth history leads Oedipus to the old shepherd his temper takes over during the interrogation When the shepherd started to answer his questions in a vague and reluctant manner Oedipus had a fit of anger and started to threaten him with physical harm if he did not start answering in more definite terms Considering that Oedipus was the king at the time it is reasonable to assume that at all times he should be expected to behave in a much more civilized manner Oedipus lack of emotional control is also well documented throughout Oedipus at Colonus as well Creon comes to Oedipus in Colonus to ask his forgiveness for the past events However Oedipus berates Creon mercilessly absolutely refusing to forgive him The comments that Oedipus made were out of anger and as a direct
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