Oedipus Rex by Sophocles

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The play Oedipus Rex is a Greek tragedy written by Sophocles during a time when Athens was the major power of the world. During this period, people believed that the Gods had control over their destiny. The play itself opens up as a detective story, because there is murder, and mystery surrounding the murder, as well as solving the mystery as the central theme and ultimate conclusion of the story. A plague has befallen the city of Thebes and so King Oedipus sends his in-law Creon to the Oracle of Apollo for answers. They discover that the curse will be lifted once the murderer of a man named Laius is found and prosecuted. Laius was killed many years ago so the mystery of the murder intensifies. How can they find the killer of a man so long ago? Oedipus begins to question possible suspects, one of which is a blind prophet named Teiresias. Teiresias tells Oedipus that Oedipus himself was the killer of Laius. Oedipus’s wife Jocasta insists Oedipus to ignore Teiresias because prophets have been wrong before, because the prophets once told Jocasta that the son she had with her former husband Laius would be the one who killed Laius, she goes on to state that they had their son killed many years ago because of this prophecy. However, unknown to Jocasta and Laius the servant who was ordered to carry out the act at the last minute decided not to do so and instead just left the child to die on a hill. Later, a shepherd came across the child and delivered it to the king and queen of

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