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Loyalty In Oedipus The King

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In Oedipus The King, by Sophocles, Oedipus is given a prophecy from Apollo that he must slay his father and marry his mother. Frighten by this he decides to run away hoping that the prophecy doesn’t follow him. During his journey, he runs into a man and ends up killing him and also defeats the sphinx, making him the new king of Thebes. Shortly after being the king, it has come to his attention that the former king of Thebes has been murdered. He quickly demands to know who the killer is. When nobody comes fourth with the truth he then curses whoever the murderer is, vanquishing them from the kingdom. “For the worst penalty that shall befall him is banishment--unscathed he shall depart” (Sophocles 6). He calls in Teiresias, a blind follow that can see into the future, longing for an answer to this madness. He hints around saying that Oedipus is the killer. Oedipus stands up for himself and blames Teiresias for being jealous of Oedipus because he is the new king and all he wants is to steal the throne away from Oedipus with this outrageous alimony. During this part of the story, Oedipus shows many qualities of a leader.
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