The Tragedy Of Oedipus The King

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The Tragedy of Oedipus
This story is a perfect model for a great tragedy because it emphasizes on human weakness and man’s inability to change his destiny. “Oedipus the King” was introduced by Sophocles in which he introduced the achievements of Oedipus. It takes you on the journey or Oedipus and this tragic things that he goes through. Although Oedipus was a good person and a true hero, he was the unfortunate one to discover that the gods were only playing with him. Oedipus has everything a man of that time could ever want: he has a great wife and children, he becomes the king of Thebes, and has great fame throughout the lands. “The world knows my name; I am Oedipus.”
“There is no man blessed amongst us. All the works of man are known and every soul is tired,” sings the chorus at the beginning of the story. After Oedipus answers the riddle the Sphinx, he becomes the most prominent of living men and takes his turn as the king. Becoming the king means he marries Jocasta, who was the queen of Thebes. But, what he does not realize is that soon he will have fallen to the bottom. Believing that he is well blessed, Oedipus does not listen to those close to him. Since he does not listen, he will be forced to learn of his inconceivable shame.
At the beginning, Oedipus becomes the king of Thebes. Thebes is suffering a plague which leaves its fields and women barren. So people are calling on him to solve their problems. The confidence he has in himself is most noticeable, for he has already sent his brother-in-law Creon to talk to the Oracle at Delphi. Oedipus believes that he can take care of the plague by himself, so he does not rely on the gods and their wisdom. But when Creon returns back to Oedipus from talking to the Oracle at Delphi, he realizes that things are not exactly going the way he wanted them to go.
Tiresias, the blind prophet, comes to convict Oedipus “I charge you to obey the decree that you yourself have. You are the differ of this land.” Being a great prophet, he knows all but refuses to tell “I will speak no further. Rage if you have a mind to.” This angers Oedipus and it makes him rant. But, without his hot temper and impulsiveness, his heroic course of self-discovery would never occur. Only
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