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Hsiung Chien Chiu Hsiung MW9 Essay Two In the end, Oedipus seems to know himself better than Achilles and Socrates because he was able to find his real identity and gain self-knowledge as a result. On the other hand, Achilles knows less of him because he was too upset with Patroclus died which clouded his mind and caused him to gain self-knowledge. In addition, Socrates does not know himself the best because he did not recognize himself as a man of knowledge although, he is a wise sophist. Among the three characters, Oedipus is the only person that really knows himself the best in the end of the play. Oedipus lack in self knowledge motivates him to seek the truth about himself. He knows little about himself when he discovered, he might have murdered King Laius at the three-way crossroads. As he uncovered the truth, he started to learn about who and where he is from. In the beginning of the play, he thought he was the son of King Polybus and queen Merope. As an audience, we know his life has been a lie since he was brought to Corinth as a child. After hearing his prophecy that he will kill his father and marry his own mother, he flees to Thebes not realizing Polybus and Merope is not his parent. This indicates he was completely blinded of his life. He cannot look inside himself to find the truth because he does not know. Not knowingly on his way to Thebes, he killed his real father and went to the palace and married his actual mother. As a process to escape from his prophecy, he actually made his prophecy come true without him knowing. Not realizing his prophecy have already come true when he killed King Laius, saved Thebes from the curse of Sphinx, became the king of Thebes, and married his mother Jocasta. The incident which triggered Oedipus to investigate the truth is
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This note was uploaded on 10/19/2011 for the course CORC 1110 taught by Professor Sawyer during the Spring '10 term at CUNY Brooklyn.

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