Oedipus the King by Sophocles
Oedipus the King - Summary of the Story
In the book Oedipus the King a man is corrupts the town Thebes from his own great misfortunes and self-tortures. The book starts off in the town of Thebes and Oedipus as the king. King Oedipus realizes slowly but surely the town is withering down to nothing. So Oedipus sends Creon to the great god Apollo for advice. When Creon returns Oedipus is in the presence of company. Oedipus who was waiting eagerly for the news told him to tell the news in front of everyone. Creon told Oedipus ?the great god Apollo said to either banish or execute the man who killed the former king Laius. For the rest of the book the king Oedipus goes through many trials. In the end it is discovered that Oedipus killed Laius. Once this is found out Oedipus was banished from Thebes.
The main problem in the book Oedipus the King is the city of Thebes is falling apart. In order to stop the destruction of Thebes the towns people must find out who killed the former king Laius. The king and his people went out to find the answer all wrong. Instead of bringing all the people out at separate times they should have brought everybody in at the same. Also when your asking people there opinion or their point of view on what happened on a subject you should not get all mad or laugh, you should listen respectfully. When Oedipus heard something he did not like from his guests he sent them away from his sight. Half the time Oedipus did not even listen to their whole opinion. So when you want someone?s opinion listen to his or her entire statement respectfully.
A lack of common sense was also a problem in this story. There were just a couple of things that could use some common sense. Such as, the time Oedipus asked Apollo how to find out who killed Laius. Apollo knew whom killed Laius and Oedipus knew who killed him. It is not like you can forget you killed someone.
Also when you send for a prophet he predicts the future for you. After you send for this well-known prophet and he tells you the future you tell him he is wrong. These are some examples of many that show that the characters in the novel Oedipus the King needed to use some common sense.
There were many lessons to learn from this novel. One lesson is self-denial can cause a lot of aggravation. For example in the book Oedipus knew he killed the man but he drug out to the end until he had no choice but, if he did that there would not have been much book then would there. Also common sense goes a long way. When someone gets really mad they find some way to deal with it. Only a guy like Oedipus would get so upset that he would blind himself. Another lesson is everyone is not who they seem to be. The town of Thebes thought Oedipus was a great king. In the end though he turned out to be a killer. So in the end, you should be careful in who you put your trust into. Those are the lessons I learned from the novel Oedipus the King.
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