When Iocaste and Laios gave birth to Oedipus they were aware of the prophecy that he would one day kill his father and then marry his mother. With this in mind they tried to have Oedipus killed to avoid this horrible fate. However they couldn't kill him themselves because murder of their own son would get the gods angry all over again. So they tried to get some one to take Oedipus out to the mountains and let him die of natural causes. Some people might argue that they are still indirectly responsible for the death but apparently the Greeks only considered it bad if you were directly responsible for the act of murder.
Or the gods…'; Oedipus says to Teiresias, the prophet (pg. 21). He believes that neither the prophets nor the gods could help the town with the Sphinx’s riddle, but that he was more intelligent, and was able to solve the problem on his own. This gave him more self confidence than he could handle and an overpowering ego. It is this vanity in his own ability to succeed in being the saver of all, which leads him to discover the truth of his past.
Not only that, but Apollo’s oracle told Oedipus about his terrible fate that involve his parents to make him move to Thebes. Finally, they send a plague to the Thebans for not punishing the murderer of their king, which results in Oedipus’ exile or execution. Oedipus, the wise king, has never been destroyed by an evil man, but he was totally destroyed by what they call merciful, just gods.
Oedipus, upset that he might kill Polybus, leaves Corinth, travels to Thebes (the place where he was born) ... ... middle of paper ... ...ipus to save his birth place, Thebes, from the tyranny of the Sphinx, kill his father, and ultimately to marry his mother. Oedipus deeply regrets killing his father, even though he didn’t know that the traveler was his Laius, and that he married his mother, even though he did not know that Jocasta was his mother. It was fate that caused these events to happen to Oedipus. Oedipus had the courage to atone for actions that he wasn’t responsible for by banishing himself and striking himself blind. Sometimes tragic figures become tragic figures through no fault of their own.
One sample is he arrogantly tells the Chorus, which beseeches the gods for liberation from the city plague, "You pra... ... middle of paper ... ... as growingly independent of the gods. They examined whether their lives were results of fate or free will. Though Jocasta originally considers that fate, oracles and prophecies, means nothing, she later adjusts her ideas when she grasps that her divine prophecy has come true. Oedipus, the embodiment of human intelligence, also contests the gods; yet by the play's close it is clear that the gods have prevailed. In this way, Sophocles stresses that the gods are greater than man, that there's a boundary to human aptitude and reason.
Oedipus, ruler of Thebes, murdered his father and married his mother. Such acts are almost always deemed unnatural and criminal; they are not tolerated within traditional society. A person who has committed these acts of murder and incest would be considered an outcast, yet Sophocles’s character, Oedipus, is not guilty of either. Prior to the birth of Oedipus, a prophecy was spoken over Laius and his wife Jocasta. They were told that their son would one day be his father’s killer and would then marry his mother.
One may also be tempted to blame Jocasta for her role in the prophecy coming true, however that is also unfair. Firstly it is important to remember that women had little to no power in ancient Greece, even if they were queens. It is a fair assumption to make that Jocasta had no choice in the matter of marrying Oedipus when he came to Thebes, he was the new king so she would marry him to maintain her power. In considering Jocasta’s innocence it is also important to remember that she did try to kill Oedipus as a baby, which, while morally is a grey zone, shows that she should not be held solely responsible for the prophecy coming true. Jocasta’s innocence could be
His hubris allows him to not understand how the situations around him connect back to what the prophecy stated. While Oedipus continues to compare himself to be one of the gods because he thought he beat his fate, frustrates them. Although he thinks this, everything that he does fulfills a new part of the prophecy, based on his actions and personality. Oedipus states, “I count myself the son of chance, the great goddess, give of all good things-I’ll never see myself disgraced” (Lines 1188-1190). Granted, Oedipus speaks this unaware that the prophecy ended up coming true overall, on the contrary when he finds out this truth he accepts his horrible reality.
He clearly denies the lurking memory by declaring that “it was not [he] who killed him” (843). Jocasta and Oedipus then shared to each other their prophecies. Jocasta revealed that Laius was to be “killed by his own son” and Oedipus admitted that he was “doomed to be the murderer of the father that begot [him]” (854, 793). Even with the coinciding prophecies, neither Jocasta nor Oedipus felt the need to mention the coincidence. Lastly, another obvious irony is when Oedipus is told of Jocasta binding her baby’s ankles and