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The Fate of Oedipus the King Oedipus the King a play by Sophocles is the story of Laius a murdered king Oedipus husband of Jocasta Liauss widow is the current king of Thebes The city is suffering under a terrible plague and Oedipus is challenged with finding a way to get this problem solved Priest Oh look upon the city see the storm that batters down this citys prow in waves of blood The crops diseased disease among the herds The ineffectual womb rotting with its fruit Oed 6 Unsure of how to save his people Oedipus consults with Creon about the oracle of Apollo on how to save the city of Thebes Creon brings news that the gods have spoke of the murder of Laius To save the city from being damned Oedipus must find the murderer that lurks in his kingdom By agreeing to avenge the murder it shows that Oedipus has a great love for his city and determination to seek out ironically himself Oedipus who had no control over the fate and that circumstance he was put through leads us to the reason why we care Along with the dramatic irony being that we already know his fate we sympathies Oedipus was a victim of fate left to kill his father and marry his mother leaving us only to have pity Oedipus a man who has bad judgment and frailty shows this by his anger control when confronted by Tiresias Although Oedipus called for his help he is struck by the accusation that he somehow is a problem At this point Oedipus does not know the whole truth but it shows that he is unwilling to except Tiresias wisdom Im blind you say you mock at that I say you see and still are blind
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