Oedipus the King Essay

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Oedipus the King Abstract Oedipus the King, by Sophocles, follows the story of the king of Thebes. Before the story began, Oedipus had a prophecy placed upon him, stating that he will kill his father and marry his mother.Oedipus is crowned king after solving the riddle of the Sphinx and saving the city form her horrors. Oedipus marries Jocasta and has children with her. Creon, Jocasta’s brother returns from a visit with one of Apollo’s oracles, and says that Apollo is going to punish Thebes unless the abomination that the city is hiding is dealt with. The abomination is the one who killed the previous king of Thebes, King Laius. Over the course of the play it is revealed that Jocasta had a child and a prophecy similar to Oedipus’ was placed on the child, so she had the child to be shackled and thrown into the desert. Instead of being left in the desert the baby is given to a shepherd and the shepherd then gives the child to the king of Corinth. This child is Oedipus. Oedipus was raised without knowing that he was King Laius son. Oedipus is also revealed to be King Laius’ murder. This means that Oedipus fulfilled his own prophecy unknowingly. By killing his father, Laius, and marrying his mother, Jocasta. Tv Guide Description: Oedipus, King of Thebes, is charged with the task of finding the killer of the previous king. While searching for this murder he accidentally uncovers some of his own dark secrets. The themes in this play revolve around not knowing the truth and the secrets that come about when you search for the truth. Oedipus didn’t know he fulfilled his prophecy. When he began to search for the truth surrounding Kind Laius’s murder he reveals not only who the murderer is but also how he is responsible for the murder. This play is important because it shows how the search for truth is not always the best and that who we think is in the wrong, may not be

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