Sacrifice In Sophocles Oedipus The King

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I intend to research how ignorance contributes to the downfall of Oedipus and his biological mother, Jocasta, in Oedipus Rex1, by Sophocles. During my research, I began with my most urgent question, Is Oedipus responsible for his demise and is it self-inflicted? I chose to use Bernard Knox’s work, Oedipus at Thebes,2 to answer this question because he addresses the conditionality of the events in Oedipus, and how Oedipus’s actions are not products of fate. With a deeper evaluation of his work, I hope to understand the cause and effect of the major events of the play. Taking a wider look at the play than just the lead character, there are two other characters that have a prominent effect on Oedipus. Another question I will incorporate, is why

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