The Sphinx In Oedipus The King

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In the beginning of the tale, Oedipus conquered the Sphinx and liberated the people of

Thebes by solving the riddle that resulted in her death (45-50). Oedipus is well-known for

solving riddles in order to grasp an understanding of his life (138-141) due to uncertainty and

mystery of his past. This relates to the mysterious Sphinx throughout the entire story as he

deciphers the questionable history of his birth, his marriage, and the death of his biological


Oedipus is called upon to once again rescue the suffering citizens of Thebes to resolve the

ongoing famine and plague. It was affecting the city immensely, killing so many people that

there were not enough alive and well to properly bury the dead bodies (184-185).

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