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I noticed a similarity between Oedipus and Oedipa Maas in The Crying of Lot 49. Besides the fact that there names are very similar, I also noticed that their quests have a lot in common. Oedipus the King’s quest is pretty simple. He just wants to figure out what the hell happened it his life. He was so sure that he was the perfect person. He solved the riddle of the sphinx, claimed he could beat the plague, and was even going to go after the murderer of Laius. Once he talked to the prophet Tiresias, and was told that he was the murderer and that he was destined to kill his father and sleep with his mother, he made it his goal to figure out who his true parents were and to fulfill his prophecy. This quest was
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Unformatted text preview: not much different than Oedipa’s, who wanted to figure out who she truly was after Pierce left her with the key to his estate. I also noticed a similarity between Oedipus, and Troy from Fences. Both characters feel like they can do no wrong, and they are the model of the perfect person. As I said above, Oedipus believes that he can fix everything, even a plague. I kind of feel like Troy isn’t much different. He cheated on his wife, and treats his son Cory like crap. He just can’t admit that he is ever wrong. Cory tries again and again to talk to his father, with no luck. I feel like Troy thinks he is a king, like Oedipus. Both have huge egos, and think they can do nothing wrong....
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