How Does Oedipus Cause His Own Downfall

analytical Essay
119 words
119 words

In Oedipus Rex by Sophocles, the main character Oedipus experiences downfall which he brings upon himself and not just simply due to his fate. The oracle, his parents and Oedipus himself are some of the crucial factors to his downfall. Right from the start, the oracle reveals the fates of these characters, which influences the decision these characters make which ironically sets the fate in motion. Oedipus’ parents act against their fates, hoping to change their destiny by brute force which only makes things worse. On top of that, Oedipus’s pride, quick decisions and his temper leads to him completely sealing his fate. All these factors together allows the fate to come true and ultimately lead to Oedipus’

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how the oracle, his parents, and oedipus themselves are crucial factors to his downfall.
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