Analysis Of Oedipus The King

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Oedipus goes against the Chorus as he strongly defends himself as the people intensify his incrimination of killing the old king. Oedipus could not believe in his wildest dreams that he murdered his own father and was the husband of his mother. As an adopted runaway boy and a newfound king, he had to dig deep in his past to ease his burden. The Chorus’ incrimination of the King has brought the town into a downward spiral due to finding the real truth of the blind prophet. The relevance of Oedipus’ inner character becomes apparent when he realizes what his past has done to affect his future as well as his traits developed becoming the new king. His self realization plays an immense part in finding his traits of leadership and intelligence,…show more content…
“I beg you, don't look at me as an outlaw.” (165) He implores the people of the kingdom to believe him and shows it through his motivation in finding the killer, but that is ironic because he would investigate to find the truth that destroys him.
Oedipus is persistent to find who killed the former King which caused the kingdom to go into distress. He does everything in his power to keep his reputation and help the kingdom, but he can only have one of those. If he keeps his reputation, then the kingdom could stuffer after the prophet's predictions are broken and if he helps find the killer it will be the end of his reputation. Since the beginning of Oedipus’ role as King he has been focused on his reputation and building it from the ground up. “And as for this marriage with your mother—have no fear. Many a man before you, in his dreams, has shared his mother’s bed. Take such things for shadows, nothing at all— Live, Oedipus, as if there’s no tomorrow!” (1072) Jocasta, his wife, tells him to not worry about the oracle and to live his life as the leader and savior that he came to be. The prophet in a sense is the prediction of his future, therefore foreshadowing his journey. The desire of Oedipus and Jocasta to ignore the truth leads to the tragic irony in the clash of their stories. They could not think of comparing their stories to find the surprising similarities and connections between them.
Oedipus’ truth is revealed by the connection that
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