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Oedipus The King by Sophocles is a play about how Oedipus lives up his fate that he will kill his father and marry his mother both of which are extremely bad in the Greek society even though he thinks he is getting away from it Despite the Greek notions of supreme power of the gods and fate Oedipus downfall is primarily the result of King Laius and his own actions and attempts to defy the gods consequently Sophocles says that prophecies from the gods of someones fate should not be ignored Prophecies from the Oracle of Delphi are told to King Laius and Queen Jocasta and to OedipusSophocles says that prophecies from the gods of someones fate should not be ignored when King Laius went to the Oracle of Delphi and received a prophecy that his child Oedipus was going to kill him and marry his wife Jacosta Shepherd - No No I said it before--I gave him the childIt was the son of Laius so I was told But the lady inside your wife she is the one to tell youOedipus - Did she give it to youShepherd - Yes my lord she didTo destroy itShe was afraid of dreadful propheciesThe child would kill its parents that was the storyOedipus - Then why did you give it to this old man hereShepherd - In pity master I thought he would take it away to a foreign country--to the place he came from If you are the man he says you are you were born the most unfortunate of men 86-89When King Laius heard this prophecy and returned to Thebes to tell of this prophecy to his wife they planned to kill their child but neither had the guts to do it They had a servant shepherd bring their child to Mt Cithaeron to kill it but the servant felt pity for the child and gave him to a fellow Shepherd from Corinth in
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