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The tragedy of tragedies We seek the truth in things because knowledge serves us We also seek the truth because we believe it to go hand in hand with righteousness Hence man has sought to live in righteousness by seeking the truth in all things However Sophocles raises a moral dilemma in which a man who religiously seeks the truth falls victim to perhaps the greatest tragedy of all time More specifically Oedipus searches for the truth concerning his birth Although Oedipus seeks the truth along with the expectation that the truth will allow him to set things right however the play suggests that Oedipuss righteous intentions prove to be disastrous Rather than illustrating the pursuit of truth to be virtuous Sophocles presents the pursuit of knowledge as a forbidding journey with the power to destroy Sophocles protects the righteous by redirecting the blame for Oedipus misfortune onto fate Oedipus is a righteous man The only evidence questioning his righteousness was the act of unknowingly killing his biological father Laius However during the period in which Oedipus the King was written it was honorable to seek justice when one has been wronged Oedipus was mistreated and therefore sought justice Oedipus when faced with an opportunity to seek the truth pursued it with conviction He sought to find his true birth parents but a distressing prophecy was revealed to him Being the righteous man he is he attempted to thwart his fate by leaving his parents Later he journeys into Thebes his true birthplace and saves its people from the terrorizing sphinx The people of Thebes are grateful and make Oedipus their king Moreover Oedipus righteousness propels him to capture the murderer of his predecessor king Laius When Tiresiass reluctance to answer Oedipus during their first encounter enrages Oedipus Tiresias with all his patience endures Oedipus interrogation Oedipus says to Tiresias grudge us nothing now Oedipus the King 1108 Tiresias replies
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