Text-Based Argument #1: Sophocles’ Oedipus Tyrannus Sophocles’ Oedipus Tyrannus is a story in which a city (Thebes) and its people have a problem and ask their King (Oedipus) to solve the problems, which face them, and get life back to normal. The people in Thebes (like many people when they have problems they can’t solve) go to outside sources of help to try to correct their problems. These outside sources go from other cities, prophets, messengers, and Shepard’s, in this case. People Oedipus calls and sends for from outside the city of Thebes help to piece together the facts to find the solution to the cities problems and expose (to every ones surprise) the unexpected answer. The outside influences, along with the knowledge of the people of Thebes, are all important to finding the resolution to the problems that are facing the city. The characters who live in the city of Thebes are the people who have a problem that they cannot solve on their own. In solving those problems, the characters within the city of Thebes play just as much of a roll in solving them as do the characters from outside the city. Although the characters such as Teiresias, the messenger, and the shepherd all brought information to Oedipus and the city of Thebes, which was very crucial in finding the truth, none of this information would have been brought to Thebes if it wasn’t for the actions of characters within the city. The characters have to cooperate to come up with a solution. This situation is like having all the money in the world but it is no good until you go and get it. In Sophocles’ Oedipus Tyrannus all the characters within the city of Thebes play some sort of roll in the final outcome of the story whether large or small. In Oedipus Tyrannus, Oedipus was the main character and was the King of the suppliants and the one who had saved the people from such things as the Sphinx. Oedipus was also favored greatly by the gods. Oedipus Tyr…
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