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The Tragedy King Oedip
Fate long ago has determined how people lived their life. It is either being reveiled to them by oracle in ancient time or by fortune teller in the modern day. People believed that they themselves held their own fate and could change it to avoid their unwanted destiny. Such is the case of King Oedipus, who wanted to change his own fate to avoid his doomed destiny, but unknown to him he was walking down that exact path. He was destined to kill his own father and to marry his mother, without knowing .
King Oedipus’s life has supposedly been determined by an oracular speech, human lies, by coincidence and also by his own nature. Oedipus is a righteous kind whose rise and fall are caused by the same prophecy. The gods who have given him his riches call them back, with interest. Sophocles wants to illustrate that no one is above the Gods and, as the chorus says, no on can be happy until he carries his happiness down to the grave in peace.
Even before he was born, his parents King Laius and Queen Jocast were warned that they should not gave birth to a child, but they defied this warning and gave birth to Oedipus. At the last minute his parents let the warning of the oracle overtake them and decided to kill him. Since they couldn’t bear killing their own child, Queen Jocast gave it to a servant and told him to do the deed for her. Out of that servant’s kindness, instead of killing Oedipus, he gave him to a sherherd who later let Corinth adopted him into royalty. Even though Queen Jocast had finally decided to kill Oedipus, it was already too late for when Oedipus was born the Pandora box had already been opened. What happened to Oedipus can be said to be partially caused by his own actions. and how???? he is naturally that cause Oedipus his pain, physically blinding himself and obeying his own order of banishment. If Queen Jocast had stood true to her belief and had not believed in the oracle, the meeting at the crossroad might not ever have happened. Also since Oedipus was always seeking the truth and would not gave up , determined to find the truth it caused him his own disgrace. One can question is that if you know that you are doomed to do some horrible thing, would you still do thing the thing that will lead up to it? Oedipus might have been able to avoid all of that if he hadn’t let his tempter get the better of him .. He is the truth seeker! But in the end, the one at fault is difficult to determine.
He, who had left a life of royalty in Corinth to save the people whom he thought were his parents, and who single-handedly saved Thebes, is now less than the common person, banished and blind. In reality, none of Oedipus’ actions would have been as they were if not for the prophecy of the Gods. When Oedipus tells Jocasta the story I pity him as he says, “[I] heard…a tale of horror and misery…At this I fled away, putting stars between me and Corinth, never to see home again, that no such horror should ever come to pass” (47), because even though his sacrifices never seeing his father again to avoid the prophecy, the prophecy comes true forcing him to plead, “Oh never, never, holy powers above, may that day come! May I be sooner dead and blotted from the face of the earth, than live to bear the scars of such vile circumstances” (48). Each turning point in his life that brings him closer to his own destruction is caused by someone’s reaction to the curse.gotta go for awhile His abandonment and shackling of feet were his parents’ reactions, his departure from Corinth was his own, and his inquisition into his past was propelled by Teiresias’s statement that he was the cursed polluter of his land.
After rescuing the people of Thebes from the wrath of the Sphinx, Oedipus’s hubris blinds him from the possibility of Apollo’s prophecy catching up with him, and he grows overconfident, believing that his fortune has no end. Teiresias, the blind prophet, sees what Oedipus doesn’t but also that which he seeks. Oedipus’s mind is quick, but his tongue is quicker. He yells at Teiresias when the prophet refuses to surrender his knowledge. He even goes as far as to suggest that Teiresias’s words were planned by Creon when Teiresias tells him that he is an enemy of Thebes. King Oedipus behaved in an impulsive manner towards the blind prophet Teiresias because he wanted to know the truth about what happened. The Blind Prophet tried to avoid this by saying, “It will be easier thus, for you to bear your burden, and me mine.”(34) He knew that Teiresias might know the truth so Oedipus pressured Teiresias to such an extent to get that truth which is unexpected. He trickery say to Creon, “Creon! Was this trick his, then, if not yours?” (36) As the story unfolds, Oedipus discovers that he has killed his father and marries his mother. The prophecy from which he has gone through countless ordeals to escape has never left him. If only he weren’t so emotional and so quick to judge, he would have had second thoughts about leaving Corinth, killing the men at the crossroads, and insulting Creon so harshly with what little evidence he had
Unknowingly Oedipus married his own mother is irrational because he didn’t realize that it was his mother that he was wed to. In attempt to overthrow the ruler, as said in the prophecy, “the child [Oedipus]… kill[ed his] father.” (58) Even though Oedipus had committed such heinous acts, he still kept his nobility by accepting his guilt and taking action to redeem for his sins. He realized who he was; he realized that his kids are also his siblings saying, “Come feel your brother’s hands. It was their work that darkened these clear eyes- your father’s eyes as once you knew them, though he never saw nor knew what he did when he became your father.” (66-67) He accepted his responsibility for his children/siblings, and he asked for banishment. “Go then. “Cast me away this instant, out of this land, out of the sight of man.” (65) Jocasta and Oedipus attempt to prevent the prophecy from coming true. When Laius and Jocasta gave birth to Oedipus, their fear of the oracle coming true resulted in them sending their son away to die. Though Oedipus survives, once he learns of his terrible destiny he flees from Corinth so that he is unable to kill his “father”. Nevertheless, Oedipus unknowingly kills his own father and marries his mother when he comes to Thembes believing he has saved himself of his sinful fate . After reviewing Oedipus the King, I conclude that the fate of all involved was truly a self-fulfilled prophecy. I do not feel that fate had anything to do with the outcome, but the outcome was put into play by a comedy of errors by the four parties concerned: the oracle, Oedipus’ real parents, his adoptive parents and Oedipus himself.
First and foremost, the oracle prophesied this gruesome fate that would beget the family if the child was not put to death thus prompting the King to order him to be killed out of fear. But, neither parent could bring themselves to perform the act so a servant was given the task to so. He also failed at the task and Oedipus was rescued by a shepherd and later adopted into the family of another king who was childless. Now, because of a life from his adoptive parents he flees his home only to come in contact with his real father, whom he killed out of anger and later married his own mother. All of this was done not knowing the true identity of either party. I consider this a comedy of errors because all parties involved had choices to make and each one made the wrong choices at the wrong moments in their lives. They each allowed fear to drive their actions and set about a course of destruction that could have been avoided if they had only used wisdom and not superstition. In the end, Oedipus’s punishment exceeds his crime not only in the sense that the unknown crimes are greatly outweighed by his good deeds, but also that his actions are the pre-determined will of the Gods, and so his misfortune, regardless of his actions, is unavoidable.