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Since the beginning of time man has used various methods on which to pass down storiesbeliefs and myths which explain different aspects of life From oral tradition topictographs to clay tablets and onto paper all compose the world of literature Literaturehas always been an infinite realm of ideas morals and trains of thought Although thesphere of literature is encircled with extreme diversity of thought its core is focused onone theme man All literature carries with itself three main characteristics it is written byman for man and about man Oedipus the King the great Greek tragedy by theunparalleled philosopher Sophocles is no exception to literatures domain It deals withone king Oedipus and his plight to avenge the death of his predecessor King Laios Inhis determined search to find the murderer he establishes a proclamation which woulddemand the banishment and even the death of the murderer In his ironic action the readerdiscovers that this murderer that Oedipus is so determined to discover is none other thanOedipus himself In adhesion to the definition of literature this tragic plot reveals to thereader three main commentaries about the nature of man man cannot escape his pastpride is the sin which leads man to greater evils and although the life of man is in itself apositive good there will always be a shadow of terrible tragedy that falls across itAll throughout literature many works have portrayed characters who carry withthem a dark and gloomy past and try to tear this shameful history of their lives from thebooks of their life Unfortunately this is impossible due to the fact that the past is aprecursor to the present which in turn determines ones future It is ones past that makesone what he or she is today For example if an individual committed ruthless acts such astheft or murder was not caught by the law and later realizes that that particular aspect ofhis or her life has caused them great grief and regret he
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