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In many plays a character has a misconception of his her self andor his or her world When this misconception is destroyed it can be a major turning point in the story Oedipus Rex by Sophocles is one such story In the story Oedipus has such a misconception where he thinks he has a good life but really his life is morally wrong This contributes to the theme or themes of the play when they serve as the defining climax of the story When the misconception is stopped Oedipus sees that you cannot escape or change your past but you can still do great things even if you have been evil or immoral in your life When Oedipus was born it was prophesied that he would kill his father and marry his mother His father naturally feared this and told a shepard to take the boy out and kill him when he was still a child The kind old shepard could not bring himself to kill a innocent little boy so he gave him to a passing messenger to take as his own When Oedipus was older he learned of this prophecy and left home because he loved his foster father who he believed to be his real father A while after he ran away he traveling down a road when he saw a coach coming It contained his true father King Laios of Thebes and his bodyguards When they almost ran him over Oedipus attacked them killing the bodyguards and his father thinking that they were highway bandits and by doing so he unwittingly fulfilled the prophecy When he realizes this he is devastated This really contributes to the theme that you cannot escape your past The fact that he killed a king and his father no less is a major factor in his exile later in the story When he discovers that King Laios was
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