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Dennis Terrey Period Two English IV AP Through Sophocles use of foreshadowing in the play Oedipus Rex certain truths are revealed to the reader such as the fact that a lack of respect for fate can eventually bring on a persons downfall by driving them to delusion Oedipus is looked up to by all his kingdom at the opening of the play only to be thwarted by his own lack of intelligence-- and more by his lack of faith than even that Oedipus once the sanguine yet slightly overbearing ruler of the people is reduced to less than a sliver of a human being When confronted by the prophet Teiresius Oedipus feels most perplexed and even exposed And so he rejects any possibility of validity in Teiresius prognostication and in doing this signs his own sentence Because of Oedipus failure to respect the insight of a gifted seer he is doomed to a blind and bloody end As I have said before Oedipus was first revered by all his people His earnest patriotism for his adoptive land and people are well received by all in his kingdom After all he is the most glorious Oedipus p13ln8 Oedipus perceives himself to be a flawless champion for those surrounding him These blind expectations that the most exalted Oedipus has for himself are the very things that lead him to put little credence in others and nearly all his faith in himself And once he decides he is stronger than prophecy his mad unseeing eyes are unable to pick up the warning signs lining his road to oblivion At one point in the play the blind hermaphroditic Teiresius enters to bring Oedipus head out of the clouds and back to earth where things are a mite different This is one point of the play in which Oedipus is unbelievably close to finally buying into the fact that some power higher than himself could be at work-- and
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