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We cannot believe we cannot deny all is darkKing Oedipus pg 39 Throughout the tragedies of Sophocles there are seers and prophets and the resolution of whether to believe their predictions or to disregard them This internal struggle of belief causes the prophets to play a major role in the outcome of events in both King Oedipus and Antigone In the two tragedies by Sophocles there are prophets made and the characters who hear them are torn My heart is torn in two Its hard to give way and hard to stand abide Both ways are hardAntigone pg 155 The characters are unsure of whether to believe what they have been told or to disregard it as a feeble attempt for the prophets to seek their own advantage Antigone pg 154 In the play King Oedipus a major prophet is made that shapes the entire outcome of events Laius was warned by an oracle that his own son would kill him and that he would marry his mother Jocasta Determined to reverse this fate Laius bound his newborn sons feet and sent a shepherd away with him with instructions to leave the child to die on the mountain of Cithaeron This shows how much effect the prophets really have over the characters However Oedipus did not die The shepherd who was supposed to place Oedipus on the mountain felt sympathy and he passed the child into the hands of a Shepard who then passed Oedipus on to the shepherd in Corinth so that the child may be raised as a prince of Corinth As the play progresses Oedipus grows up with his adopted parents but later he hears of a prophet that he will kill his father and marry his mother Hearing this Oedipus fled from home never to return Again we see how much influence the seers have on the outcome of events It was on this journey away from home which would take
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