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to learn, but he foretold other and desperate horrors to befall me, that I was fated to lie with my mother, and show to daylight an accursed breed which men would not endure, and I was doomed to be murderer of the father that begot me. When I heard this I fled….yes, I fled to somewhere where I should not see fulfilled the infamies told in the dreadful oracleb.L821: “And I pollute the bed of him I killed b the hands that killed him. Was I not born evil? Am I not utterly unclean?”by fleeing it caused him to kill his fatherV.Description of OedipusA.Incestral Behavior1.Similar to Herodotus with Xerxes (Persia)2.L981: (Jocasta): “Before this, in dreams too, as well as oracles, many a man has lain with his own mother. But he to whom such things are nothing bears his life most easily”B. Impulsivekills easily1.Kills the men at the crossroads without a second thought2.Threatens the herdsman: L1153: “If you’ll not talk to gratify me, you will talk with pain to urge you”C. ObstinateL549 (Creon) : “if you think obstinacy without wisdom a valuable possession, you are wrong”D.L592: (Creon): “How should despotic rule seem sweeter to me than painless power and an assured authority?”1.Would rather hold his lower position then deal with the troubles of a paranoid kingE. Ignorant1.L1152 (Herdsman): “He speaks out of his ignorance, without meaning”2.“cursed myself in ingnorance”VI.Oedipus Guilty?A.Text talks about knowledge v. ignorance1.L818: “And it is I, I and no other have so cursed myself”
2.Cursed himself (“I myself may feel my curse”)a.Good oratory for a king?b.Does he already know he lives on his hearth? Is he knowledgeable?i.L1133 (Messenger): “I’ll make him remember what he does not know”unconscious (know but can’t remember)ii.Certain level of knowledgeony ignorant to some extentiii.Refuses knowledgeiv.Function of text: Difference to maintain ignorance then to be ignorantAmbigious status of ignorance (“w/ my knowledge”)logical contradictionhighlights attention tragedy acts outB.Becomes exiled and the people are blessedDEMOCRACYC.Last paragraph echoes Solon”Look upon the last day always. Count no mortal happy till he has passed the final limit of his life secure from pain”

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