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Oedipus The King: A Story Of Tragedy

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“Which animal has one voice, but two, three or four feet being slowest on three?” This riddle was said by the monster Sphinx to all who wanted to enter into Thebes. She destroyed all that could not solve her riddle (Willson). Oedipus, whose life seemed to be controlled by fate, answered correctly. His life was one of tragedy and disaster. He is now the patron of philosophers, scientists, poets, artists, and of all truth-seekers (Wilson).
Laius, Ruler of Thames, journeyed to Delphi. He was told by an Oracle that his son would kill him and sleep with his wife. Laius and his wife Jocasta agreed to pinion their son Oedipus feet together. This is how Oedipus received his name, meaning ...view middle of the document...

” Oedipus was welcomed to Thebes as a hero. He was offered to marry Louis’ widow, and the vacant job of ruler (Wilson). Oedipus accepted the offer, and he fathered four children with Jocasta. They had two sons, Eteocles and Polynices, and two daughters, Antigone and Ismene (Adams).
Years passed and a plague gradually spread throughout Thebes. The plague killed animals, children, and plants. Oedipus brother-in-law, Creon, was sent to the Oracle Delphi to find out what was wrong. The oracle said that the plague was caused by Laius's murder; the murderer had gone unpunished. Oedipus was unsure what to do. So, he turned to the prophet Tiresias for help (Wilson). Oedipus was told by the prophet that he was the killer (Oedipus). Oedipus was angered by this news. He believed that Teiresias and Creon made up the story to dethrone him. Meanwhile, a messenger from Corinth told Oedipus that Polybus, his father, died. This meant he was now the King of Corinth as well. Oedipus refused to return to Corinth while his mother was still alive in fear that the oracle would come true. The servant explained that Merope was not his real mother, and Polybus was not his real father (Wilson).
Once he discovered the...

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