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There is no man blessed amongst us All the works of man are known and everysoul is tried sings the chorus at the beginning of Oedipus Rex After answering theriddle of man Oedipus becomes the foremost of living men and takes his turn on the topof the wheel Oedipus believes it is better to rule over man than over a wasted placesince a walled township is nothing if it is empty and has no man within it But what hedoes not realize is that very soon he will have fallen to the bottom Oedipus believes threepeople are out to get him Tiresias Creon and Jocasta Believing he is blessed Oedipusdoes not listen to the words of those close to him In doing so he will be forced to learnof his unimagined shame Bearing his burden to the end Laius murderer will eventually see the truth Oedipus delivers a proclamation to pursue the truth Tiresias the blind prophet comes toconvict Oedipus I charge you to obey the decree that you yourself have made You arethe differ of this land He tells of the plague not leaving until the murderer is found Tiresias being a great prophet knows all but will not tell I will speak no further Rage ifyou have a mind to Only after Oedipus persists does the prophet say Oedipus is themurderer I say that you are the murderer that you seek Tiresias further states thatOedipus is married to his mother You are living with your next of kin in unimaginedshame Oedipus unwilling to turn the mirror on himself resorts to insulting TiresiasWas it Creon that planned this or you yourselfthe riddle about man is about himself A mans fate is his character at this moment Oedipus has no character Oedipus presumesthere is a conspiracy plotted against him His arrogance and rashness is very apparent inhis believing that everyone is wrong except he is not Being so bold Oedipus callsCreon to his dwelling You
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