Oedipus Rex: Self Discovery

Many modern day novels conquer the topic of self discovery. They
delve into a seemingly endless search for one's self to try and explain the
purpose of soul searching. This journey that people take to find out who
they are and what they are here for is the main theme of many popular books.
Novels that cover this topic are popular because almost everyone has been
on this search. It is not only present day novels that cover this
frustration and many times confusing question. The search for self was the
main theme in Sophocles's play, Oedipus Rex written in 430 B.C. Oedipus
finds himself questioning who he is and where he came from. The play is
still popular today because of its ...

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discover the murder of Laius,that Oedipus begins his great search.
Oedipus vows to his subjects that he will find the contaminator of
Thebes, not knowing that he has brought on the sickness of the people; "So
shall you see me, as of right, with you, venging this country and the God
together. Why, 'tis not for my neighbour's sake, but mine, I shall dispel
this plague-spot; for the man, whoever it may be, who murdered him, lightly
might hanker to serve me the same. I benefit myself in aiding him."
(Oedipus p6) With that vow he unknowingly starts his search for who he is.
Oedipus starts the search for the murderer by sending for Tiresia, "the
godlike seer, the only man who has in him a tongue that cannot lie."
(Senator p11) The news that Tiresias brings causes the search to take an
unexpected turn.
Tiresias tells Oedipus that is is he who has caused Thebes to fall
apart; "I say that you are Laius's murderer-He whom you seek." (Tiresias
Oedipus believes ...

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how he was traveling. He does this to
try and figure out if Laius was the man he slayed. He remembers what he was
told by a gypsy. He was told almost the same story that Laius heard, which
was that he would kill his father and wed his mother so he fled from
Cornith to try and escape his fate.
Oedipus sends for the herdsman, because he believes the herdsman can
tell him whether it was mor than one man that killed Laius. If the herdsman
can tell him it was "robbers" that murdered Laius then it would absolve
Oedipus of guilt. Instead of the herdsman bringing him good news, a
messenger comes to tell Oedipus that his so called father, Polybus died by
natural cause. This news should bring ...

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