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.
As in almost all tragedies, especially those of William Shakespeare, the tragic hero always runs into misfortune. The play Othello is no exception. In this play, every character acquainted with the tragic hero appears to be unfortunate. While these misfortunes are oddly related to Othello, are they his fault or did each character attract them out of their own actions? To answer this daunting question, one must consider the three most unfortunate characters: Othello, Desdamona and Roderigo and analyse their downfall which eventually lead to their deaths.
When she was wife to Oedipus’ father, King Laius, Jocasta conceived a baby boy whom she was forced to give up to death. After receiving a prophecy that his son would kill him and take his throne, King Laius convinces Jocasta that their son is a great threat. He then orders that the baby boy be... ... middle of paper ... ... her fatal decision. It seems that Jocasta suffers many tragedies, possibly more than Oedipus himself. Using our definition of a tragic hero, Jocasta’s fearful deed is that of giving up her son to death.
I thought he would take it away to a foreign country-- to the place he came from. If you are the man he says you are, you were born the most unfortunate of men." (86-89) When King Laius heard this prophecy and returned to Thebes to tell of this prophecy to his wife, they planned to kill their child, but neither had the guts to do it. They had a servant shepherd bring their child to Mt. Cithaeron to kill it, but the servant felt pity for the child and gave him to a fellow Shepherd from Corinth in hopes he could take it to a foreign country to take care of it.
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.
Fate is something that inevitably befalls a person based on past and present decisions. This can be seen in Othello when Othello fell for Iago’s plan leading him to his gruesome end. In Romeo and Juliet Romeo was doomed to die because of rash and careless behavior. The second convention is the supernatural. The definition is something that is unexplainable by natural laws or phenomena.
In Oedipus the King, another example of a central part taking place in the book, Is prophecy, being that Oedipus had heard his prophecy as a child that he would kill his father and sleep with his mother. (Page 41) Oedipus says, “Laius was killed—I thought I caught the words—where the three highways meet”, which is referring to this as the symbol of the prophecy for Oedipus to kill his father. It’s conflicting to say how someone could appoint Oedipus of being so ignorant and dumb, when, in all reality he has no choice or say in which of fulfilling the prophecy or not. He was sent away from his home of Thebes to be murdered as a young child, and after being saved from being murdered, ends up being raised to be a prince. When hearing his fate is to kill his father, Oedipus ends up back in Thebes, becoming the king and his mother’s husband, taking his real father’s place, who was by then, already killed.
When Oedipus was growing up, he saw an oracle who told him of the very same prophecy and quickly fled the land of Corinth in fear of harming the ones he loved. Unbeknownst to him, on his journey, he still ended up killing his father, King Laius and marrying his own mother, Jocasta. Through a shepherd, Oedipus learns that King Laius and Jocasta are his biological parents. In the shock of learning what he had only recently started suspecting, Oedipus exclaims: Woe, woe upon me! ... ... middle of paper ... ...od’s word was taken as fate and fate was god’s word.
With the knowledge of this prophecy, Oedipus learned that he was destined to kill his father, and marry his mother only to bear cursed progeny. Upon hearing this, he did all he could to be sure that this prophecy could not be rendered true. He even tried to convince himself that this could not be true by attempting to disprove the prophecy, ”You said that he reported it was brigands Who killed the King. If he speaks of ‘men’, It was not I; a single man…” (Page76, 842-847). Here, he hears from his wife Iocasta that it was not a “single man” who committed the murder of his (real) father, but rather a group of “men”.
Sophocles, instead of killing Oedipus in the end of the novel, chose to give Oedipus a fate worse then death. Oedipus found out who he was and that he killed his father and slept with his mother. His tragic end was a result of his hamartia, hubris. His pride was what caused him to attack the carriage and kill his father, which led to him marrying his mother. He could have ignored the mere right of way argument, but the person he was inside couldn't.