To begin with, the protagonist in, “Oedipus Rex,” Oedipus creates a large issue and that issue being he is either a murderer or a scapegoat to the city of Thebes. Such an argument could go either way easily since the statements convicting Oedipus within the play are inconsistent and typically assumptions. Otherwise, if the side arguing that Oedipus is the killer is true the possible basis would be the pursuit of superiority was the causal factor for the murder. Also, the pursuit of greatness was a creation of the gods and therefore the situation of murder was unavoidable for Oedipus and Ki...
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...the true murder in, “Oedipus Rex.” The reasoning for the discussion and solution is the fact that the Greek god Apollo and the prophets made a prophecy that Oedipus’s horrible fate would become true in the play. Therefore, since Oedipus became to superior to himself it lead to his own downfall as he paid, “The ultimate price for intelligibility is paid by the famous solver of riddles.” (Silberman 298)
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Silberman, Lauren. “God and Man in “Oedipus Rex”.” College Literature 13.3 (1986): 292-299. Web. 4 Apr. 2011.
Sophocles. “Oedipus Rex.” Literature: A Portable Anthology. 1972. Ed. Janet E. Gardner, Beverly Lawn, Jack Ridl, Peter Schakel. Boston, New York: Bedford/St. Martins, 2009. 733-76. Print
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