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Pittman-Coles 1Sharon Pittman-Coles Professor Hepburn ENGL 20529 January, 2017Oedipus the King“All! All! It has all happened! It was all true. O light! Let thisBe the last time I look on you. You see now who I am-The child who must not be born! I loved where I must not love! I killed where I must not kill!” Oedipus 1340The story of “Oedipus the King” is a whodunit murder mystery filled with incest and espionage at every turn. This thriller crime story hosted a cast characters that played a role in determining Oedipus’s destiny. Oedipus is considered a tragic hero, an unwilling accomplice to own self destruction. In this essay I, will discuss the plight Oedipus endured in uncovering the truth of the crime and how the sins of his father sealed his fate. The story starts with the plea from the people of Thebes to King Oedipus to help save them. The people of the kingdom weresuffering and Oedipus was at a loss what to do. The King sent his brother in-law Kreon to see the oracle, Apollo for guidance. Kreon returned with the news from the oracle that the murderer of Laios, the previous kin of Thebes, must be found. Kreon relayed what Apollo had declared to him, that “we drive out what corrupts us, what sickness our city.” “We now harbor somethingincurable” he continues, “purge it.” (Sophocles 110) King Oedipus ask Kreon how the oracle suggested the kingdom cleanse itself and Kreon replied “by banishing a man or killing him; it’s a blood kin murder that brought the storm on their city.” (Sophocles 110) When Oedipus

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