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Question

identify at least three examples of foreshadowing from anywhere in Oedipus the King and suggest what each foreshadows.

2 Answer

  • Three examples of foreshadowing are
    1. Only by finding the murderer of previous King will lift the plague
    2. The son of the queen will kill the king
    3. The song of the queen will be married to the queen
  • Foreshadowing is a warning of what is to come in the future. The tragedy of Oedipus the king oftentimes, if not entirely, relies on himself. Teiresias the blind prophet says to him: "You yourself are the very man you are looking for." The prophet is telling Oedipus that he is responsible for the plague, of course he refuses to listen to that horrible future. When Teiresias asks Oedipus if he knows where he comes from, he also foreshadows that Oedipus himself is responsible for slaying his own father. And a third one can be his marriage with his own mother. Oedipus is warned of everything, however, ironically his eyes do not help him see the bad times for him, his family and his kingdom.

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