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In Oedipus the King Oedipuss relentless search for the cause of the citys plague leads to his inevitable misery Unknowingly Oedipus had slain his father married his mother and was the cause of the citys misfortune Mid way through his search Oedipus is warned that his search will only lead to his misfortune but he decides to continue His wife then begs him to leave the origins of his family unknown These opposing characters represent some serious real life philosophical questions Oedipus represents the need for a truthful life at all costs and Jocasta believes Ignorance is bliss Let me go home It will be easiest for us not to bear our destinies to the end if you will follow my advice Youd to us of this your gift of prophecy You talk as one who had no care care for law love for Thebes who reared you Sophocles p 23 I will not be persuaded to let be the chance of finding out the whole thing clearly Sophocles p53 These two quotes basically sum up Oedipus Although Tiresias advises Oedipus to just go home Oedipus cannot accept this He cares for his city and cannot live without the truth With such clues I could not fail to bring my birth to light I beg of you - do not hunt this out If you have any care for your own life what Im suffering is enough p53 We can see from this quote just how different Jocasta is She knows where this will lead Oedipus and begs him to end his search to avoid the misery In order to really understand the severity of the real life conflicts they represent their characters must be understood Oedipus is a very popular and noble man He had saved the city from the Sphinx and was considered a hero to Thebes His primary values are to serve his city and live a noble life Part of living
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