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The knowledge and the self -identity that is found in the mystery that Oedipus tries to solve in Oedipus Rex changes his life dramatically The central action of the play is an investigation into the murder of King Laius of Thebes It is through this investigation that Oedipus solves the mystery of his birth and falls from his most high and fortunate position to a lowly and ruined state The dismaying facts that are brought to light through the investigation into Laiuss murder demonstrate that every mans fortune is subject to change In his search for the truth Oedipus shows himself to be a thinker a man good at unraveling mysteries This is the same characteristic that brought him to Thebes he was the only man capable of solving the Sphinxs riddle His intelligence is what makes him great yet it is also what makes him tragic his problem-solvers mind leads him on as he works through the mystery of his birth From the moment Oedipus discovers that the man he killed where the three roads met was king Laius he realizes that his fortune has been changed forever and that his investigation has ruined him However Oedipus continues his investigation into the murder of Laius because he still clings to the hope that the man he killed was not Laius In the course of this continuing investigation an eyewitness to the murder is brought forth When the eyewitness is questioned in the presence of a messenger from Corinth it is revealed that Oedipus is not a stranger to Thebes but the son of Laius and Jocasta This fact newly brought to light by Oedipuss investigation changes Oedipuss fortune from bad to worse By continuing his investigation in hopes of staying king he brings about an even worse change in fortune he discovers that he had married his mother The investigation into Laiuss murder in Oedipus Rex reveals horrifying truths for Oedipus and illustrates
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