Like his father, Oedipus also sought ways to escape the horrible destiny told by the oracle of Apollo. The chorus warns us of man's need to have reverence for the gods, and the dangers of too much pride. "But if a man tread the ways of arrogance; fear not justice, honour not the gods enshrined; evil take him! Ruin be the prize of his fatal pride!”Oedipus' unyielding desire to uncover the truth about Laius' murder and the mystery surrounding his own birth, led him to the tragic realization of his horrific deeds.
His downfall is not out of depravity or vice but it is out of natural errors in his personality. He will pay for his own flaws. The tragic downfall of our hero is in his real identity as the son of Laius and Jocasta. He will be the killer of his father and the husband of his real mother. As Tressias told him "no man will know worse suffering than you", and then Jocasta called him the "man of agony."
The question of free will is explored in Sophocles’ tragedy, Oedipus The King. Although it was prophesied that Oedipus would kill his father and bed his mother, the truth of the prophecy would never have been discovered if not for Oedipus’ rash decisions. Oedipus’ prideful, stubborn, and arrogant choices hastened his doom and added to the destruction his demise caused. Each choice Oedipus made took him further down the path toward his fate, but at each crossroad he had the chance to turn back. Oedipus was the master of his own destiny.
By pursuing revenge, Hamlet killing Polonius paves the way for more lives to be lost. Claudius sees the murder as an opportunity to eliminate Hamlet, because Laertes’s obsession with revenge leaves him vulnerable. Laertes’s and Hamlet’s revenge lead to the deaths of Gertrude, Laertes, Claudius, and finally Hamlet (V. ii. 287-357). The revenge of each character ironically ended their own life.
He desires to seek revenge for his father’s murder but cannot bring himself to do so. These indecisive thoughts of revenge shape Hamlets character and his life as a whole. Constantly within his mind Hamlet struggles with this issue of revenge. Storms of internal conflict rage pe... ... middle of paper ... ... he dead? I'll not be juggled with.
He spends so much time persuading the murder that he does not realize that it was him all along. Oedipus hubris personality gets in his way by putting a curse on him and ends up blinding himself because of it. The role of hubris controlled Oedipus fate because he did not listen to Tiresias’ prophecy, avoided Apollo’s prophecy, and he blindly tries to pursue Laius murder without realizing he killed Laius. In the end of the play, Oedipus is seen as a tragic hero who led himself to his tragic down fall because of his excessive pride. When Oedipus realizes his true identity he could not bear the truth and ask Creon to sends him into exile.
Breaks my pate across? / Plucks off my beard and blows it in my face? / Tweaks my by the nose?… Who does me this?” (2.2.571-574, 575). Hamlet’s inability to gain revenge astounds him, and unlike Laertes, he seems to do nothing about his delay. Laertes is consumed by his anger and acts accordingly, but Hamlet takes his grief to heart and plots how he will eventually avenge his father’s murder.
Being naive and over trusting causes his first mistake and helps with his downfall when he refuses to listen to Cassius, who wants Antony to be also killed because he knows that he will seek revenge for Caesar. However, Brutus code of honor won 't let him approve the killing of Antony "Our plan will seem too bloody, Caius Cassius. We cut off the head and then hack the limbs, seem to kill Caesar in anger and then vent malice on his friends, for Antony is only a branch of Caesar. "(2.1.169-172), he doesn 't want to be seen by the Roman people as a killer, but someone who 's doing what 's right for the people of
And yet the riddle lay above the ken...and called for prophets skill...but then I came...and slew her." These features of Oedipus' personality lead him inevitably to assume that he, the great Oedipus, liberator of his people, could not possibly be the murderer that they seek. Hence, it is Oedipus' inflated ego that causes his fate to be so severe and his downfall so great at the end of the play. Furthermore, despite Teiresias' words early in the play, Oedipus refuses to believe the truth that he is responsible for Laios' death. His arrogance leads him to unknowingly curse himself, thus making his fate worse:
Oedipus acts like a modern day outlaw ? shoot first and ask questions later. In this way, Oedipus starts the fight without patience and as a result fulfills Apollo?s prophecy perfectly. Not only impatience but also delusion is a characteristic that leads Oedipus to fight his father. After listening to Laius?s assassin, Oedipus?s delusion is noticeable through his statement, ?Whoever killed the king might decide to kill me too, / with the same violent hand- by avenging Laius / I defend myself?