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In Oedipus the King the masterpiece of Sophocles according to many critics something unpleasent is predicted and personal concerned try to avert and think themselves safer but thogh surprising moral way the prediction is fulfilled the oracle of Apollo said that Oedipus should kill his father and marry his mother someday king and queen of Thebes respectively The parents tried to avoid the divine pronouncement leaving the infant up in the mountain to let him die But through natural mercy and good will of some people involved in this task the offspring is safely landed to Polybus the king of Corinth and was adopted as their son Oedipus as we see him time after time an intelligent self-confident ingenious self-reliant but hot-tempered and too sure about himself A curious combination of circumstances together with negative and positive sides of his character bring catastrophHowever excessesive determination is not only the tragic flaw of Oedipus character Heis also short-tempered which leads him to commit the first sin thus fulfilled the first part of the prophecy It was a coincidence but not an natural one that laius was on his way from Thebes to Delphi They met at cross road and as father and son possessed similar temper the disaster occursAgain it was he who provoked Teiresias by his uncontrollable temper unfounded accusations which forced him revealwhat otherwise would have remained secret which in term drove him on to accuse Creon which provoked in its turn J ocasta revealation So we can say that Oedipus positively did contribute to actualizing his tragic end
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