Fate in "Oedipus the King" Essay
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If prophecy were to be real, one could expect what is bound to happen in the future. This is true; at least in “Oedipus the King” in which the protagonist, Oedipus calls forth his doom unwillingly. Fate is defined as something that unavoidably befalls a person. The author of “Oedipus the King,” Sophocles, writes a tragic fate that Oedipus was born to experience. Fate is what is meant to happen and cannot be avoided or unchanged. Furthermore, events that lead to other events could be the result for one to meet their fate. In “Oedipus the King,” Sophocles expresses the nature of fate to be determined upon choices made. In the story, “Oedipus the King” before Oedipus became king of Thebes, he made choices that led to events that defined his…show more content…
I killed them all,” (Gioia, 2010). Killing the stranger was indeed a bad choice made by Oedipus. In fact, that stranger who Oedipus killed was later identified to be his biological father. Perhaps if Oedipus ignored the god’s statement, then maybe this would have never happened. The other part that settled Oedipus’s fate was when he chose to accept the reward as ruler and husband of the widowed queen of Thebes. Oedipus was given this fine offer after solving the riddle of the sphinx that many tried but failed and died. “…Oedipus won both the throne and the recently widowed queen of Thebes as a reward for riding the city of the sphinx, a winged, women-headed lion. All who approached the Sphinx were asked a riddle, and failure to solve it meant death,” (Gioia, 2010). Although being given such a fine offer to be empowered as king, Oedipus could have refused and would have made it impossible in marrying his mother. However, Oedipus did accept the offer and was the result necessary to support his fate. Undoubtedly, this event of Oedipus marrying Iocaste, his mother, led to a much worse event. They had children of their own. Blame could not be held upon Oedipus so heavily for his actions, but for his hubris. Throughout the play, Oedipus portrayed great importance in finding the one who killed King Laios. It is ironic that Oedipus investigates to find the one who
Fate And Freewill In Oedipus The King
In the play Oedipus Rex, it shows many different forms of fate and freewill. Fate is a word that
can be defined in many different ways. Fate can affect a person's life in many different ways.
Oedipus's fate ruined his life and lead him to a horrible death. Antigone's life was also thrown
out to the hand of fate. Neither one of them had any freewill in there lifetime, all of there lives
were based upon the fate that the gods handed to them. Both of these elements, fate and freewill,
play a large role in the telling of the story of Oedipus Rex. Was his life really left to fate or was
it left up to him?
In most tragic plays fate and freewill play a large role in the rise and fall of the protagonist. The
protagonist in a play has to either cause the fault by his own freewill or by fate causing it.
Without this there would be no fall of the protagonist in a tragic play. Ignorance of a protagonist
can lead to a fall do to a mistake done by there own free will. Fate can cause the fall of a
protagonist without there consent or there control. The fate of a protagonist leads to a much
more horrible conclusion then the mistake of a tragic protagonist do to there own freewill.
Oedipus was born with a horrible prophecy told to his parents which led his parents to believe
that Oedipus would kill his father and marry his mother. They soon had Oedipus taken up to a
mountain, to leave him there to die. A shepherd saved his life and raised him, Oedipus soon went
back to Thebes were he was born. Oedipus believed that he was traveling away from his home
town, he soon found himself at a road where three corners met. There he murdered his father
without knowing it was his father. He soon then traveled to Thebes and then he married his own
mother. Soon Oedipus found out what he had done. His mother committed suicide and Oedipus
Tore out his own eyes and insisted on being banished from Thebes.
Oedipus led the exact life that was prophesied, Oedipus had little choices to make in his life. I
believe that most of the events that happened to Oedipus were left to the hand of fate. Oedipus
was trying to escape his own fate by traveling a different way then what he had thought was his
hometown. Fate is something that no human being can run from, no matter what they do or
where they hide. This was a choice that Oedipus made, which added to the answer of what
Oedipus's character flaw was. Oedipus's character flaw was that he was ignorant throughout his
life, he never saw things as what they really were, he only saw them as how he wanted to see
Fate is a element in life that can not be changed or be foretold. Oedipus had no way of changing
his own fate or anyway from running from it. People cannot change there fate, as much as they
think that they can. People, along with Oedipus believe that they can control there lives and that
fate plays no role in there lives. But people do not understand that control is an illusion...
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