Essay On Oedipus The King

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Greta Oulman Windish English II 3 December 2017 Oedipus: An Apparent “Hero” Did you ever think that a man who killed his father and married his mother would ever be considered a hero? NOBODY DID. (Except the Greeks…) The story of our tragic “hero,” Oedipus, depicts him in the midst of his life, just learning about his adoption and, years later, the birth of his four kids (with his mother) that - apparently - inspired so many people. Oedipus’ Story Oedipus’ story is about how he became an apparent “hero”. In the beginning, Oedipus’ father, King Laius, and mother, Queen Jocasta of Thebes wanted to know if they would someday have kids. Laius went to the Oracle of Delphi and asked the burning question. The Oracle replied that their first…show more content…
She asked him the same riddle as she did everybody else: “What walks on four feet in the morning, two in the afternoon, and three at night?” Oedipus thought long and hard until he finally answered with “Man, who crawls on all fours as a baby, he walks on two legs as an adult, and needs a walking stick when old.” The Sphinx - never bested at her own game - was so angry at Oedipus, she fell off the rock she was sitting on and killed herself. He was then greeted by Creon, the uncle he didn’t know he had. Creon said that whoever killed the Sphinx would become king. Oedipus met Jocasta and they were married, unknowingly completely fulfilling the prophecy. The new king had fathered four kids with his mother: Eteocles, Polynices, Antigone and Ismene. Years later, a plagued smothered the land. Oedipus sent Creon to the Oracle to find out why. The Oracle told Creon it was because Laius’ killer (his first son) hadn’t been caught. Oedipus ordered a search for everyone to help find the killer. A messenger came in (at that exact moment) to tell the king that he, in fact killed the previous king. Creon and Oedipus argued, and Jocasta added that her first son was dead. Then, another messenger came in and said that King Polybus was dead. Oedipus was relieved and said he would not attend the funeral anyway, just to prevent the second part of the prophecy from possibly coming true. The messenger then said Oedipus was

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