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There are many examples of symbolism and foreshadowing in the play Oedipus Rex Foreshadowing suggests in advance what happens later in a story It is a technique that often is used to warn of disaster Some of the foreshadowing is subtle while some tells the reader directly what is about to happen later on in the play for example The final actions of the play include Oedipus discovering that his wife was his mother He also discovers that he has killed King Laius Before his revelation Oedipus said Oedipus finds out he was responsible for the death of King Laius while questioning Jocasta and realizing the descriptions of the scene were similar to one of his killings In shock of this news The examples of symbolism are sparse yet significant Oedipus symbolizes the man everybody loves because of a single action One thing made everything else that he did seem perfect and just The foreshadowing seems slightly less obscure than the symbolism When Oedipus is demanding whoever has killed King Laius to be punished and shunned from civilization most of the readers know something ironic will happen Another example is shown when Oedipus persistently interrogates Jocasta about the scene and seems scared when she describes the death This is foreshadowing One final example of foreshadowing is when Jocasta is talking to Oedipus like a son nurturing him and telling him what to do this is foreshadowingIn Oedipus Rex the foreshadowing and symbolism is very important due to the fact that the play does not have many props or costumes the main focus is on the plot The play is a classic due to the fact that it was one of the first plays presenting the them of
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