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Oedipus, Who Was He And What Had He Learned

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Do you know who Oedipus Rex was? He was Oedipus, King Thebes, supposed son of Plybos and Merope, King and Queen of Corinth. Married to Iokaste, Queen of Thebes she is the wife of the late King Laios. What would Oedipus learn about himself, the gods and truth? What influence would the gods have upon his life? Would his life be like a winding spiral staircase winding around until you reached the top? Would he be able to reach the top and stay there: or would his life spin out of control before his very eyes? Let us explore and see what the story reveals.We find Oedipus as ruler of the Kingdom of Thebes; he seems to be very powerful and respected among his people. But there is curse of plague ...view middle of the document...

When Oedipus calls him coldhearted for not telling what he knows, this angers the prophet who in turn tells Oedipus that if he could only see the temperament of his own feelings. He tells Oedipus he himself is the man he seeks, for it is he who murdered Laios. Oedipus calls him ludicrous and orders for his removal. Teiresias continues to explain that the one they seek, is bother and father to his children, and that he is husband and son to the his wife who gave birth to him. Oedipus has him removed, thinking someone has set the blind prophet up to say such hideous things.Oedipus turns on Kreon accusing him of conspiring with Teiresias to tell such lies; he implies Kreon wants to rule Thebes as King. Of course Kreon tells him he is insane. He was willing to accuse his best friend to save himself and not believe all the horrible things the blind prophet told him. Charogos tells Oedipus that Kreon would never betray him, and Oedipus tells him that is Kreon is not against him then the accusations that were made by the blind prophet would mean death or exile for him.Oedipus tells Kreon to leave and that hatred would follow him, Kreon tells Oedipus that in his anger he has made and ugly mess of things, which seems to be what Oedipus does makes decisions when he is angry.Iokaste asks her husband to tell her what has happened he does, he asks her to describe Laios, when she does he tells her he may himself be the guilty one he is in search of. He tells her of how one night a feast a drunken man told him he was not Polybos' son; he then confronted his parents who denied such nonsense. Yet he always had doubt in his mind. He went to Delphi to speak with the god who ignored his question. He spoke of other things like Oedipus would lie with his own mother and have children. That he would kill his own father, after hearing such unthinkable things he fled from Corinth and never saw his parents again. That is when he came upon Laios and his men attacked him so in retaliation he became an enraged and killed them all. He would send for the Shepard that witnessed the killings and if he were to testify that Oedipus was indeed the murderer...

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