Oedipus - not believe that he knew he was marrying his...

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346 The Excruciating Truth of Oedipus Oedipus is a man of integrity and passion whose goal in life was to seek the raw truth. Throughout the story, he constantly tried to obtain that goal, but at times he tried to swallow his tongue because he sometimes had the inclination way down in his gut, he might be a killer. Worse then the fate of a killer, would be the reality of being married to his mother. If fate/destiny determines everything a person will do before they are born, as it suggests by the play, then what crime is Oedipus guilty of? I will answer that, MURDER. In my mind, when a person describes a pacific place, time, and event, and I was there, I would probably remember. “A land called Phocis, at a spot where the road from Delphi meets the road from Daulia. (Sophocles 41)” And with this, it really narrows it down to either knowing that you were a murderer, or wanting to deny being a murder. On the other hand, for a short time after he killed his father, Laius, I do
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Unformatted text preview: not believe that he knew he was marrying his mother or that he killed his father. As a newborn, he was brought up by the king and queen of Cornith, where he was told by the Oracle of Delphi, that he would someday kill his father and marry his mother. Therefore, after this, he led himself to believe that he would never return to this town due to the fact of killing his father, but most of all, marring his mother. At this point, he was thinking just like any other human. Get out. Leeman 2 Indeed I shall. I do. I vent it all on you. Yes, you, you planned this thing, and I suspect you of the very murder even, all but the actual stroke. And if you had your eyes Id say you played the chief part to. (sophocles 20.) And with this I come to a conclusion that he is not a cold-blooded murder, but a murder. He did a great cover up job, and do to the fact that he married his mother, shows that he didnt know that he killed his father at first, or did he?...
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This note was uploaded on 01/09/2011 for the course EDS 103 taught by Professor White during the Spring '10 term at E. Kentucky.

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