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Unformatted text preview: back from the famine. The sphinx does not take back what he says he would do. The riddle, which will not be repeated because it is already known, is also mysterious to me within the context of the play; however, I have come to a conclusion about it as well. The answer to the riddle is man. The riddle provides an interpretation to main character of the play who can answer the riddle correctly, Oedipus. Oedipus starts as a baby, grows to a man, and his own deeds which lead to his downfall carries him into his old age and death. This riddle also represents the life of the polis guarded still by the Sphinx. The polis first starts small and grows where it is able to prosper and continue on its own two feet, no pun intended. The maker of the polis is also the one who leads the polis to its down, the three legs, just as the maker of Oedipus, himself, leads his own life into the downfall that has conquered him....
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