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Piz 1 Juan Pablo Piz Melissa Dugan English 102 Victim of His Knowledge Oedipus the King by Sophocles takes place and was written in a time were the belief in the Gods was very strong and anything that happened was somewhat explained by a God’s actions. First preformed around 430BC, the play relies on the Greeks’ belief in fate, that man cannot escape his fate. In the play, Oedipus’ fate can be attributed to either his own fate or the Gods, depending on how one reads and understands the play. However, it can be greatly argued that Oedipus’ thirst for knowledge was what ultimately led him to his fate. Oedipus did not know about his past and therefore he found it hard to believe the prophecy that said that he would kill his father and sleep with his mother. He had lived his whole life not knowing the truth about his identity. It was Oedipus’ own actions that set the prophecy in motion, it would have been impossible for Oedipus to escape the prophecy because his pride causes him to ignore all the warnings that the prophet Tiresias gives him. Oedipus accuses Teiresias of not being able to solve the Sphinx’s riddle, which shows his pride towards himself for being able to solve it. “ A prophet? When the riddling Sphinx was here, Why hadst thou no deliverance for this folk? And yet the riddle was not to be solved”   (391-393).  It is ironic because  Oediupus is proud of his knowledge for solving the riddle, but his desire of seeking for  knowledge is going to be the cause of his downfall.  The driving force in Oedipus the King were Oedipus’ desire for truth and the truth about his own identity led to his ultimate fate, his fate rested upon his own free will.

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