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Sophocle´S Oedipus Rex And Truth Of Understanding Through Pluto´S Four Stages Of Awareness

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Living life can be both challenging and straightforward. In Sophocle’s Oedipus Rex and Plato’s Allegory of the Cave, Oedipus and the prisoner in the cave are forced to believe that reality cannot be accessed for people who use only there 5 senses. Plato thinks that every human has a purpose which is to discover and travel on the path to awareness. What makes Oedipus very interesting is that in times of trouble, he discovers the truth of understanding by using Plato’s four stages of awareness, the audience can see Oedipus’s path to enlightenment which causes his downfall. This begins with imagination, advances to belief, continues to thoughts and reason and the truth understanding and awareness.
Imagination is very noticeable in the beginning of the story. We find out that Thebes has been affected by a plague. The citizens want answers. Oedipus tells them that he has sent his brother-in-law, Creon, to the oracle at Delphi to gain information about how to help Thebes. Creon later returns with a letter from the oracle himself. He says that the plague will end when the killer the of the former king of Thebes, Laius, is found and cast away. He also says that the murderer is inside the city. Oedipus then asks Creon if he has any knowledge of the murderer. Oedipus then vows to find the murderer and cast he away forever (not knowing that he is the killer). Oedipus asks for Tiresias, a blind prophet. Oedipus states “ I have sent for him twice, in fact, and have been wandering for sometime why is he not yet here.” (Knox). Oedipus then asks Tiresias what he knows about the murder. Everyone is imagining who has killed Laius. You can imagine the truth and think it is real when in fact it isn’t.
Belief is very noticeable in the early part of the story too. After Oedpipus asks Tiresia what he knows, Tiresias refuses to tell him at first. Oedipus then proceeds to insult Tiresias and goes as far as accusing Tiresisa as the murderer. Tiresias finally tells Oedipus that Oedipus is the murderer saying, “You are the murderer, you are the unholy defilement of this land.” (23 Knox). Oedipus can not believe what he has just heard. He says “Have you no shame? To start up such a story! Do you think you will get away with this?” (23 Knox). He then accuses Tiresias and Creon of planning to get rid of him. Belief is something that...

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