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In Greek mythology the oracles or gods are rarely wrong in theirpredictions of the future Yet the characters still try to fight thepredictions Do their personalities and traits decide their future or doesfate take its course no matter what Oedipus was a shrewd man furnishedwith wit and intellect yet his lack of insight the ability to see andunderstand clearly the inner nature of himself and his arrogance led to Oedipuss aret an exceptional ability or gift was unravellingriddles and solving any puzzles with ease He had a surplus of theaptitude to look outward but unfortunately he had a deficiency of theability to look inward This talent of looking outward made him renownedfor deciphering riddles and mysteries Yet when Tiresias appears and speaksin riddles Oedipus cannot solve them because of his lack of insightTiresiass riddles are clear in what they state but Oedipus cannotunderstand them because he doesnt know himself well enough Tiresias All ignorant And I refuse to link my utterance with a downfallsuch as yoursPg42 At this point in the play Oedipus still cannotperceive who the murderer of King Laius is even though the riddle isobvious Oliver 2 Oedipus has the ability to comprehend the riddles buthe wont allow himself to accept the truth When Oedipus saved Thebes fromThe Sphinx he answered this difficult puzzle The Sphinx demanded Whatcreature is it that walks on four feet in the morning on two at noon andon three in the evening With his eminent mastery of riddles and having anopen mind Oedipus replied It is Man As a child he crawls on four Whenhe grows up he walks upright on his two feet and in old age he leans on astaff1 This puzzle is far more complex than Tiresiass rudimentaryriddles so Oedipus has the ability to solve the riddles but cannot lethimself do so because of his pomposity Oedipus is so arrogant that hecant believe that he could possibly have done
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