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A possible reason for his ignorance, and a fascinating twist, could be that Oedipus had originally believed that he was the murderer of Laius, and knew at the time of the story, that he had married his own mother (Daniels and Scully, 26). All the public cursing, the whole “Now my curse on the murderer” (Sophocles, 172) was really a spectacle to throw the suspicion off himself (Daniels and Scully, 26). However, most literary scholars don’t believe this, as Oedipus does seem to display a great deal of remorse when he realizes that the prophecies about him are true. If it is all a setup by Oedipus, then he is both extraordinarily intelligent and stupid, by hiding the truth for so long and being self destructive at the same time (Daniels and Scully, 26). Most believe that “Oedipus has simply chosen to ignore a real possibility” (Daniels and Scully, 21). Howard Clarke said that “[Oedipus] reaches a point where he is, literally, the captive of what he is searching for.” (Clarke, 593). He reached a “point in his search where he is carried along on the tide of his of his own discoveries” (Clarke, 593). A part from these interesting interpretations, Oedipus Rex can be read from cover to cover as a normal detective story with all the basic elements; suspects, crime, clues and an investigator. The whole plot rotates around one significant event, which was the killing of Laius. So now we have the crime stated, we simply need a hero. Enter Oedipus, the detective. He’s brave, intelligent, and has previous experience. He first questions Tiresias in a sort of bad-cop manner, yelling at him and badgering him into giving him answers unwillingly. Like a scene straight out of a police television program, Oedipus yells at Tiresias in hopes of uncovering the truth, “You, you scum of the earth, you’d enrage a heart of stone! You won’t talk? Nothing moves you? Out with it, once and for all!” (Sophocles, 175). Oedipus then begins to point fingers, first at Tiresias, “now I see it all. You helpe