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Throughout history the absence of truth has caused turmoil between various groups However when a false sense of reality is established the revelation of the truth brings further turmoil to the involved parties In King Lear William Shakespeare conveys the concept that the absence of truth causes a state of disorder Sophocles further elucidates the chaotic nature of a false sense of reality in Oedipus Rex Deceptive actions lead to future turmoil An atmosphere of disorder is also created by the inability to see present truths The unwillingness to accept the true order of events further creates a state of chaos Failure to seek out truth creates chaos Deception impairs the pursuance and recognition of truth Oedipus is incipiently shown to be an honourable and righteous king He wants the best for his kingdom He shows his distinction by listening to the needs of his people Oedipus searches for the truth concerning the murder of the former king He believes punishing the assassin will restore order His admirable intentions are shown when speaking to the chorus You shall see how I stand by you as I should Avenging this country and the god as well And not as though it were for some distant friend But for my own sake to be rid of evil Sophocles 138-141 Oedipus desires the best future for his kingdom and is willing to fight to eliminate the problem causing the disruption in order Upon the will of the gods he is determined to seek the murderer of Laios and bring him to justice He does not realize that he is the chaotic figure whose unpunished act of regicide has angered the gods Although he pledges to seek out the truth others deceive him The king and queen who raised him do not tell him that he is adopted Oedipus is therefore unable to quickly see the truth of his heritage He is raised under a false
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