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The Road to Doom Selfish acts and curious inquiries prove to be dangerous human qualities Following a display of wit and courage Oedipus arrives in the city of Thebes demanding control It is here that he discovers himself Curiosity and the promise to uncover King Laioss murderer drive Oedipus to his doom Oedipuss loyalty to his people guides him closer to his truth Oedipus announces to the people of Thebes I will help you in every way I can I should be heartless were I not moved to find you suppliant here Prologue 13-15 He is willing to sacrifice himself for the people of Thebes Oedipus feels that his loyalty to the people of Thebes requires him to keep no secrets Once Creon has returned with the oracle from Delphi he says I am prepared to speak But should we not go in Prologue 94-95 Oedipus responds Let them all hear it It is for them I suffer more than myself Prologue 96-97 The oracles say that in order to rid the city of plague the deceased King Laioss murderer must be exposed so Oedipus claims that he shall discover the traitor and expose him to the city for punishment Because Oedipus is King of Thebes he wishes to know everything and feels that it is his divine right to know everything in his kingdom As the oracles begin to reveal clues to Oedipus he seeks more knowledge While determined to reveal the murderer Oedipus also seeks to understand how the oracles pertain to him Oedipus knows that the oracles of Apollo have declared that he will murder his father and sleep with his mother He is determined to comprehend how they speak truth if there is physical evidence contradicting it After learning of King Polybuss death the man that Oedipus believes is his father Oedipus is relieved because he believes that the oracle was false Iocaste reassures him reminding him that Teiresias is
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