Oedipus the King

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When given a prophecy, most accept it and live their lives accordingly. From day one everyone did all possible to prove Oedipus’s prophesy wrong, and did all possible to prevent it. Oedipus left his family in route for a new fresh life. Oedipus was naive in disregarding his prophecy, proving that the human race is sheltered from what they see and what they chose to believe.

Despite knowing of his prophecy since birth, Oedipus lives his life naïve of his foreshadowed destiny. Though countless hints and warnings, Oedipus continues to see past the truth of his prophecy, and only believes what benefits him directly. Oedipus summoned Teiresia to come to Thebes, to help Oedipus solve the mystery of Laius, but ends up setting himself up for his own demise. Teiresia tries to evade telling Oedipus who was responsible, but found himself unable. Though Oedipus knew of his fate and was being told of his past, he still was horrified that someone could accuse him of such a crime. Oedipus was unable to see the reality of this situation; instead he created his own fantasy about prevailing situation. By moving away from his, or what he though was his, family, Oedipus thought he was debunking his prophecy and fate. Feeling so mighty in saving the city and dodging his fate, Oedipus actually made himself small and blind and imperceptive, to what a real man would see and accept. But by, attempting to prove his innocence he actually bought about his own fall. Jocasta to gives Oedipus hints to his true past, but because he is unable to comprehend anything but his idea of the truth, he continues his search of the murderer. Oedipus brings on his own demise by being blinded to what everyone is clearly drawing for him. He is not ready to accept fate or his role in the murder, for he is still in a sense blind to reality. Oedipus, fearing he has murdered a king and his own father, suddenly begins to put the puzzle pieces together, revealing that he indeed murdered his father, Laius....
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