The Sphinx's Riddle In Oedipus Rex

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On his way to Thebes, Oedipus encountered the Sphinx, which had the body of a lion, upper part of a woman and the wings of an eagle. The Sphinx guarded the city killing every passerby that didn’t solve her riddle, which was all of them. As Oedipus approached the Sphinx, she told him her riddle, which was, “What creature walks on four legs, on two at noon, and on three in the evening?” (Footnote 7). To the Sphinx’s surprise, Oedipus solves the riddle and does the only logical thing, which was, jump of a cliff and kill herself. This is a metaphor for the life of Oedipus because the Sphinx’s riddle and the day she tells the riddle comes in stages much like Oedipus’ life. In the ‘morning’ or beginning of Oedipus’s life, he is oblivious to his true

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