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His fortunes are most changed his stateOne of the most commonly seen traits among the characters in Greek mythology isthe violence that envelops their lives From what we have read so far few haveexperienced such radical changes as Oedipus He is one of the most touching figures thatwe have seen In Oedipus Rex and Oedipus at Colonus he fights against himself in abattle which he cannot win He represents the tragedy of a mans encounter with his ownWhen Oedipus Rex begins we find that a plague is consuming Thebes Oedipusquickly sends Creon to Delphi to receive the first oracle Creon explains that a greatcrime had been committed The murderer of king Laios is in their city and until justice isgiven the plague will remain So brazen Oedipus begins his investigation with a promiseI solemnly forbid the people of this country Where power and throne are mine ever toreceive that manAnd as for me this curse applies no less Oedipus is blind to the truenature of the situation and himself He desperately wants to know to see but he cannot At this point it is obvious that Oedipuss action must be to overcome his blindnessIronically into the play is introduced a prophet Teiresias He is physically blindbut is a clairvoyant He does not wish to tell Oedipus the true nature of the situation and attempts to leave Only upon insistent badgering does Teiresias reluctantly tell Oedipusthat he is the cause of the citys misfortune He even tells him that this man who isresponsible for his fathers murder is also sleeping with his mother Naturally Oedipus isdisgusted by the seers accusations after all he left his parents to escape this oracle manyyears ago Oedipus thought that he could outwit his fate and now he is told that he isknee deep in it Of course he throws the seer out of his home and wildly accuses CreonUp to a certain point in the play Oedipus is completely incapable
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