Oedipus explains to Jocasta that he was told that he "was fated to lie with [his] mother and show to daylight an accursed breed, which men would not endure, and [he] was doomed to be murderer of the father that begot [him]. When [he] heard this [he] fled" (Sophocles 45, 1.792-4). Ironically the pride that caused him to attempt to avoid his fate, put him on a path to it. On his trip away from Corinth, he unknowingly met with his father, King Laius. When Oedipus tells Jocasta of his encounter he says that he met with a carriage at an intersection and they fought over the right of way.
There were efforts to overcome what was written in his destiny as Jacosta and King Laius were planning to kill their child as he was born, but King Oedipus fled from his place Corinth to stop the bad deed from occurring. Basically, this play is about who Oedipus parents are and what kind of man he is. The audience receives the truth in Oedipus’ words and wait in long suspense for him to finally realize the truth himself, yet just when the audience thinks that he will, insight continues to evade him. Although, Sophocles uses many different acts throughout the play that depicts dramatic irony. The most important are Oedipus’s curse towards himself and his incestuous relationship with his mother.
Are Hamlet’s actions justified by killing his uncle Claudius? His actions weren’t justified and there are many ways that his actions weren’t justified. I will be showing you all the ways his actions weren’t justified in killing his uncle in revenge for killing his father. First, he was not justified because of the treatment of Gertrude. Hamlet’s fathers ghost had told Hamlet when they were talking outside that he only wanted revenge for his uncle murdering him and when Hamlet asked him what about my mother and then the ghost said leave her to heaven and to those thorns that in her bosom lodge, to prick and sting her.
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.
In Sophoclese’ play “Oedipus The King”, the fate of Oedipus, the main character, was foretold at his birth that he would kill his own father and marry his mother. As a young adult, he went to see an oracle after hearing rumors. The oracle told him of his foul fate and he ran away trying to escape the chances of this awful future unaware he running towards what he thought he would escape. Oedipus was partially responsible for his downfall because let curiosity lead him to the oracle where he found out his horrifying fate, he killed his own father when he should have avoided killing anyone, and if he wanted to avoid marrying his mother, he should have never married anyone older than he. After the birth of Oedipus, his parents Lias and Jocasta, King and Queen of Thebes sentenced him to death because the oracle told them that he would kill his father and marry his mother.
I killed him.” (Sophocles, Ode 2, 276). Oedipus could have moved out of Laios’s way and taken the next root instead he let his pride and anger cloud his judgment and kills his father Laius. This decision leads him straight to Thebes, where he becomes king and marries his mother and fulfills the second part to the prophecy. Nevertheless, his constant search for the truth is also to blame for his downfall. Oedipus says “I will not listen; the truth must be made known” (Sophocles, Scene 3, 145).
Oedipus is the main character in the play Oedipus the King. Oedipus is thought of as a tragic figure because he was doomed from birth. Tiresias, an old blind prophet, told Oedipus' parents about Oedipus' fate. He told them that Oedipus would kill his father and sleep with his mother. So, his parents decided to have him killed, only it did not happen that way.
In Oedipus Rex, Oedipus‘ downfall is not a result of excessive hubris or his actions, but rather his parents’ disgraceful actions and uncontrollable aspects of fate. Oedipus’ parents actions and decisions are a major element in Oedipus’ tragic downfall. Before Oedipus is born, Laius and Jocasta, the sovereigns of Thebes, journey to the Oracle at Delphi and are told by the seer that their; “...newborn son would grow up to kill his father and marry his mother” (Oedipus 1). Laius and Jocasta, disturbed by this news and determined to prevent the prophecy from coming true, order their son, who becomes known as Oedipus, to be killed in an inhumane manner; “A spike was driven through baby Oedipus' ankles and he was left on the side of Mt. Cithaeron to die” (Oedipus 1).
It was prophesied that if he had son, the son would kill him and marry his mother. Laius didn’t take this warning seriously, but when his son, Oedipus, was born, he knew he had to kill him (Fun Trivia). So he pinned his feet together and gave him to the shepherd to do his dirty work. The shepherd took pity on Oedipus (that’s how he got his name, by his injury) and gave him to Polybus and Merope, king and quee... ... middle of paper ... ...f, your family, and your upcoming family generations a lot of problems. And this is why I considered that destiny is by choice.
This can be seen in Oedipus the King. After Oedipus hears of his destiny from Teiresias that he is going to marry his mother and kill his father, he starts to live in fear that one day his destiny would truly come to light. Oedipus denies all that Teiresias tells him and begins to blame Teiresias and Creon for the death of Laius. Fear leads Oedipus to absurd conclusions. Jocasta tells Oedipus to not fear the bed of his mother but he replied “All that you say would be said perfectly if she were dead; but since she lives I must still fear, although you talk so well, Jocasta”(Sophocles 1075-1077).