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In the play Oedipus the King Queen Jocasta illustrates the devastating effects of perpetuating ones sin rather than confronting it Motivated to hide her own shame Jocasta sets into motion and perpetuates a series of events that she intended to prevent but ultimately accepts at Oedipus expense Throughout the play she attempts to hide the truth by deceit and feigned disbelief Long before the play ever begins Jocasta sets into motion the events that lead up to the tragic ending of Oedipus the King She was so ashamed to be the mother of a child with such a dismal future that she had him cast out onto a mountain By this action and her lack of action as a parent she decided Oedipus destiny This is the first example of Jocastass shame and deceit my son he wasnt three days old and the boys father fastened his ankles had a henchman fling him away on a barren trackless mountain 790-793 Jocasta most certainly cast-out her son because of the shame he brought on her Later in lines 1289-1291 we see the herdsman testify that Jocasta was the one who gave him the child with the charge to kill it Now she is ashamed of what she did and to free herself from that guilt she consciously lies to herself and those around her about what happened When Oedipus comes to Thebes before the beginning of the play Jocastas shame is compounded Jocasta knew the prophecy that foretold the death of her husband by her sons hand and her probable incestuous marriage She believed the prophecy and had her son cast-out because of it After her husband had died a young stranger from a foreign land was to take her for his wife Jocasta quickly identified this stranger Oedipus as her son from long ago Her understanding of the
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