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Exploration Of William Shakespeare 's ' Oedipus The King '

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Exploration of Intellect in Oedipus the King

Joshua Small
English Composition II Section 201
Professor Kerwan
24 October 2015

Joshua Small
Professor Kerwan
English Composition II
24 October 2015
Exploration of Intellect in “Oedipus the King” Oedipus the King by Sophocles has been examined countless times over the years. It is not merely a story about a tragic prophecy fulfilled, or about a son murdering his father then marrying his mother. Oedipus the King has been analyzed many times because it is much more than this. It is a story that represents the many different points of view that can be applied to the text. There are many subjects that can be explored when analyzing Oedipus the King. Throughout the story Oedipus shows that he has a sharp mind and is an intellectual. However, Oedipus’ intellect can be seen as both a gift and a curse.
Oedipus’ intellect is revealed in the story of the Sphinx. At first, it seems that it is a gift that allows him to save Thebes from the Sphinx. However, as the story plays out the audience finds that his gift is also a curse. The story goes that the Sphinx is devouring travelers trying to enter into the city of Thebes. First, the Sphinx asks them to solve a riddle, and when they can’t the Sphinx devours them. One day Oedipus is traveling to the city of Thebes and is blocked by the Sphinx. The Sphinx asks, “What animal is that which in the morning goes on four feet, at noon on two, and in the
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