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Sophocles 'Oedipus' Relationship With The Rest Of The World

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Know Yourself “The better you know yourself, the better your relationship with the rest of the world.”- Toni Collette. In the play Oedipus the King written by Sophocles.Oedipus the main character is presented with a problem, where he is called a bastard by a drunken man. This left him no choice but to find out the story behind this. Upon hearing this information he fled his city to try and not fulfill this prophecy,only to end up fulfilling it anyway. In Sophocles’ play Oedipus does not truly know himself, like he thinks he does. Only to realize that he had be living a lie his entire life and was destined to a horrible fate. The first example of Oedipus not truly knowing himself would be that he was adopted by King Polybus and Queen Merope.…show more content…
After Oedipus speaks to Creon whom he sent after the god Apollo to get information about the why the city is in the state that it is in currently.Creon tell him that everyone except one man was murdered by robbers, and that no one man could have done such deed. So Oedipus begins to worry that theses so called robbers would come back and do the same thing to him. He continues to vow that he will do all that he can to find this person and prevent him from killing again. “For when I drive pollution from the land I will not serve a distant friend’s advantage, but act in my own interest.Whoever he was that killed the king may readily wish to dispatch me with his murderous hand; so helping the dead king I help myself.”(3) By him saying this it shows that he doesn’t really know that he is actually the killer, he doesn't realize that he is setting himself up for failure in the end. Only to do exactly what he didn't want to happen which was kill his father and marry his mother.
So in conclusion Oedipus the King ends up knowing who and what he is. He ends up knowing where he came from, all to end up losing in the end because he had married his mother and killed his father.It is easy to lead a life of luxury and heroic actions, but to live one thats is a lie and not realize that a person has ended up exactly where they didn't want to be is
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