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Lord Apollo why is it that I was chosen to speak in front of you Surely I am not worthy to stand in your presence I am just a mere shepherd My herd is foundering I have already displeased you in something But if this is your desire I will relent to fate just has my King Oedipus has doneLet me begin my retelling of the deeds of dear Oedipus There was a time when the Sphinx inhabited Thebes I was just a child then but I remember it well Not one citizen of Thebes that went to the Sphinx returned Not even the blind prophet Tiresias could help You would not help Then Oedipus came in all of his glory Oedipus who slew the Sphinx Oedipus who was given the reins to Thebes Oedipus whose reign ushered in an epoch of prosperity unknown before Oedipus saved the lives of thousands of people and then invited them into his family Shouldnt that count for somethingOedipus has surely committed many crimes but they were committed in blindness Would you punish any beast for doing what Oedipus did Surely you would not for animals do not know what is wrong Oedipus did not know that marrying Jocaste was wrong He was raised in blissful ignorance believing he was the son of Polybus Oedipus thought Jocaste was just another woman surely not the woman who gave birth to him His villainy was committed in blindness As your prophet Tiresias said You mock my blindness but you who have eyes cannot see the evil in which you stand Sophocles 25 If you had even hinted to Oedipus that before the marriage that he was to be both begetter and begotten he would have exiled himself from Thebes in disgust You and your prophet let Oedipus fall into moral abomination I love Brendan CookOedipus actions were not of his own free will they were fated to happen Jocaste
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