In the very beginning of the story, before we hear from the oracle, there is already foreshadowing of Oedipus' impending doom. He, himself, states to the people, "Sick as you are, not one is as sick as I" (Sophocles 5). This statement is almost eerie when looking back upon it. Alone, it seems as if he knows that he is ill fated, but reading on he clarifies his pain in this way:
A question that has existed in the minds of many since the beginning of time is whether life is determined by fate or free will. Most people have an opinion often based on their religious beliefs. Marcello Gleiser writes on the subject, “The question of free will is essentially a question of agency, of who is in charge as we go through our lives making all sorts of choices” (Gleiser). Many have looked to Oedipus: The King as a representation of fate vs. free will. Oedipus’ childhood is one in which an impossible number of things have to fall into place for it not to be fate. King Laius’ mysterious murder leads Oedipus to do some investigating, and in doing so, he uncovers something that will change his life forever. There is no way that free
In the two thousand since “Oedipus Rex” was written, it has been analyzed and dissected innumerable times and in every possible way. Usually the analysis has been within the context of the play itself or within the context of other Greek tragedies. Perhaps it would be more relevant and interesting to evaluate the play within the context of the modern world.
In Sophocles ' Oedipus the King, the themes of fate and free will are very strong throughout the play. Only one, however, brought about Oedipus ' downfall and death. Both points could be argued to great effect. In ancient Greece, fate was considered to be a rudimentary part of daily life. Every aspect of life depended and was based upon fate (Nagle 100). It is common belief to assume that mankind does indeed have free will and each individual can decide the outcome of his or her life. Fate and free will both decide the fate of Oedipus the King.
In Oedipus the King, one can easily see the tragedy that comes when Oedipus lives out fate, although not of his own intentions. Oedipus did everything in his own power in order to keep the prophecies from being fulfilled. One might even say that Oedipus ran from fate. Webster defines tragedy as "a medieval narrative poem or tale typically describing the downfall of a great man". Oedipus the King is certainly a tragedy, and as Dr. Lucas states in his blog, Character V. Fate, it is the definitive tragedy (p.2). It is difficult to see Oedipus as a "bad" man. In order for the story to be considered a tragedy, Oedipus must have been a "great" man. Of course he made some poor choices, but most of his "sins" were out of ignorance.
Fate, one of the many confusing questions in life, does it exist? Does it not? Do you make these choices on your own that cause you to go astray? Or is it your own fault that you’ve happened to descend to utter peril because you were simply born. I feel this is this the effect of fate. For example, one day there was a young man named Steven Anderson. The typical embodiment of a male, he happened to meet a woman named Marilyn Smith in whom he fell in love with. Rather than rejecting his advances, Marilyn accepted them. Two years, they’ve married and later down the road Steven and Marilyn Anderson have two kids. Who are named Malachi and Christina, if fate had not brought them together I would not be here.
Oedipus the King, was written by Sophocles between C.A.496-406B.C. In this play, Oedipus is a great example of Sophocles’ belief that fate will control a man’s life no matter how much free will exists.
In today’s modern times we choose how to live our lives by certain actions or choices that we choose to believe in. Yet as people we common sometimes debate with ourselves as species and humans of our free thought do we have free will over the choices we make or does the decisions we make play with our fate that controls what our destiny is. In my thesis essay, I will be discussing how fate played a role in Oedipus the King, but how it tried to prevent him from creating his own downfall in this tragic play. I will also discuss how Ancient Greece contributed to the development of values but also how Oedipus lead to his own downfall and not the value of faith.
that their son would kill his father and marry his mother (page 56). A son was
Sophocles uses the play Oedipus the King to show his own ideas of fate and how the universe works. These ideas are shown through the life of the main character Oedipus. In Oedipus the King Oedipus spends much of his life trying to avoid the fate that he was given. When he visits an Oracle he is told that he will kill his father and marry his mother. To escape this horrible fate he leaves the city of Corinth where he grew up and heads to Thebes. Unbeknownst to Oedipus his real mother and father (the King and Queen) live in Thebes so by going there he is just speeding up the prophecy. On his way to the new city he unknowingly kills his father king Laius in a fit of road rage. The city of Thebes is having a problem with a Sphinx that is flying around and eating people until they can solve a riddle. Oedipus manages to
Before we approach this complex question inductively, we are at first obliged to contemplate what definitions and assumptions are being made. This essay, perhaps more so than others, requires a more extensive look at this aspect of the question, because of the sheer variety of possible responses. However, I now have reduced them to three possibilities. Firstly, we could make the assumption that perhaps as destiny controls all fates, then Oedipus' character was created long before he was conceived. On the other hand, we could also say that perhaps Oedipus' horrific fate came about because of his character and fate. The final possibility is that everything is inevitable - therefore no one ever has had any say in their own fate, let alone Oedipus. In this essay I would like to discuss these three ideas, and perhaps draw a conclusion at the end on which I feel to be the most valid.
The argument on whether free will or fate governs the destinies of human beings has been the main topic of many great writings, such as the tragic tale of Oedipus Rex written by Sophocles. Oedipus demonstrated to have a fulfilling praise life by many to see, however he had a past or a fate unknown to him. For the past, he knew, was a complete lie, everything he thought to be true was false. “Guilt is a powerful affliction. You can try to turn your back on it, but that’s when it sneaks up behind you and eats you alive. Some people struggle to understand their own guilt, unwilling or unable to justify the part they play in it. Others run away from their guilt, shedding their conscience until there’s no conscience
A common debate that still rages today is whether we as a species have free will or if some divine source, some call it fate, controls our destiny. The same debate applies to Oedipus the King and Oedipus at Colonus. Does Oedipus control his actions, or are they predetermined by the gods? It’s that question that makes Oedipus a classic, and many different people think many different things.
The myth of Oedipus is one of a man brought down by forces aligning against him. Over the years, different playwrights have interpreted his character in various fashions. In Sophocles’ Oedipus the King, Oedipus is a man who is blind to the path on which his questions take him and exemplifies the typical tyrannical leader in ancient times; in Senaca’s Oedipus, it is the fear of his questions that give Oedipus a greater depth of character, a depth he must overcome if he is to survive his ordeal.