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Learning comes through suffering pathei mathos nothing more clearly represents the tragedy of Oidipous the King than this statement Not knowing who he truly is and having construed his own identity based on the information he thought to be true but is false Oidipous through a process of self-discovery and pain is able to unravel the mystery that is his identity Oidipous the King is a tragedy that clearly depicts the irony in the saying that it is when one is blind that one can see the most clearly because Oidipous must lose his sight to finally see that he is not invincible Moreover Oidipous must endure a tumultuous and tragic ride which includes murdering his father sleeping with his mother and self-inflicted blindness It is through all of these tragedies however that Oidipous is able to truly discover his identity I plan to show that it is because of these turbulent times that Oidipous and Jane Eyre are morphed into the people they are and that without their experiences and hardships it would be impossible for either of them to have the same identity they now possess Ironically it is only when Oidipous is ripped from his throne and looses his sight that he seems to see that he does not have the answer to every riddle Oidipous comes to rise in the city of Thebes as the man who helped rid the city of the sphinx and help bring back balance to Thebes It is only to avoid a potentially disastrous fate that Oidipous finds his way to Thebes in the first place While still residing in Korinth the city in which he was raised Oidipous is told by the Healer-God Apollo that he is destined to bed with his own mother and kill his own father At a banquet someone drank too much Intoxicated he called me a bastard son This weighed on me I scarcely kept myself in
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