Destiny, Fate, Free Will and Choice in Oedipus the King - Fate's Triumph At the core of any tragedy there is a cruel change of fortune involved. This change of fortune is a key factor in man's demise and it can result in speculation that perhaps the gods plotted his ruin out of malice. To blame a higher power is the easy way to rationalize the downfall, but upon further investigation it becomes clear that it is actually man's attempt to escape his fate that leads to tragedy. Only when Oedipus was ruined did he realize his efforts to avoid what was pre-ordained were useless. Douglas Johnston states that "choice is at the heart of tragedy" (Johnston 14).
Oedipus chooses to pursue the truth about King Laius’ murderer, not knowing he was the culprit. His own reckless pride makes Oedipus want to be the hero that would save Thebes from the deadly plague triggered by the murder of Laius. “I’ll start again- I’ll bring it all to light myself” (150)! Oedipus’ pride once again pushes him to find out the truth of the old kings murder. He wants to act as a God and protect his city.
A vital subject in the play Oedipus the King is the relation between the characters action and fate. Oedipus had the choice to either let destiny play its course, but as seen in the play Oedipus’s chooses his own downfall, he choose free will. His persistence to uncover the truth about his past and his identity are substantial. Fate on the other hand is accountable for many other important and disturbing events in the play one being responsible for Oedipus marring his own mother. Sophocles clearly suggests that both fate and one’s action works hand on hand, it is clear and becomes difficult to judge Oedipus for incest given his unawareness.
According to Webster's Dictionary, fate is defined as "A power that supposedly predetermines what is to happen" (257). In the play "Oedipus Rex" each character is touched by fate directly or indirectly. The author of the play Sophocles pens the story of a man who was destine from birth to be both martyr and hero, he could never be one without the other. Another view of "Oedipus Rex" is that some critics view him as a "tyrant" and not a hero because he did not come into power by natural succession, but through more sinister means, which are revealed later in the play. Also renowned authors such as Sigmund Freud in his paper "On Dreams" believe that Sophocles meant to portray Oedipus as a tyrant ."...
The play was obviously meant to entertain and portray the author’s own insight. The underlying theme to the play is that no man should know his own destiny, it will become his undoing. This knowledge of things to come was presented to both Laius and Oedipus in the form of prophecies well in advance of it coming to be. The prophecies told of things that were so morally disturbing that they both aggressively did everything in their power to try and stop them from coming true. The story begins with Oedipus at the height of power as King of Thebes.
This theme is evident in Sophocles “Oedipus Rex.” This plays central thesis is about a terrible curse sent upon the Thebes king, Oedipus, and how he deals with the confrontation, he is the “most accursed man.” Oedipus, until he finally believed in his tragedy, had excessive pride. Nothing would make him understand his arrogance at finding fault with everyone else, except himself. Thus, the tragedy made him suffer. Oedipus was humbled to obtain wisdom. Did Oedipus deserve the tragedy brought to him?
Drama's such as "Oedipus the King" by Sophocles is a prime example of a character with a tragic flaw that leads to his own undoing. In this story, the character's tragic flaw is pride, which leads him to discover the truth behind his past and thus spurring on hopeless attempts to evade his inevitable fate and bringing harm to himself and others in the drama. It illustrates the dramatic irony of the futility of evading fate to the audience and the danger of excessive pride, hubris.
Although parts of the Bible should be taken literally, not all of the Bible was meant to be interpreted in this way. From a cultural perspective, it is important to remember that the Bible was written in a different time period from today 's. Because of this, commands may be more relevant to the social and cultural issues of the time, and may not have as much weight on current issues. It is important to differentiate between the important ideas of the Bible, and the teachings that are less central to its message. Doing so allows for the focus to be shifted upon how God can take the Bible and use it to change and challenge one 's relationship with
There are laws like abortion that may conflict with doctrines of the Catholic Church. People study the Bible to learn about God’s love, and ultimately people seek the true meaning of love to lead a healthy life. The Bible’s moral messages transcribe to today’s current issues in the world. The Bible contains the components to changing one’s behaviors in a moral manner reflecting the devotion to changing the world. When we act it is always best to do it with love.
In the play Oedipus Rex, Teiresias was seen as the holy prophet who had known the secrets of heaven and earth (Sophocles, 401 BC, p. 1315). The oracle’s prophecy had foreseen Oedipus as the killer of King Laois, who was his father, and the husband of Iocaste, who was his mother. These circumstances created the impatience, anger, and violence that Oedipus demonstrated throughout the story. In the beginning of the play, Oedipus demands that King Laois’s death be justified. Oedipus demands that the citizens come forth and speak if they knew of Laois’s murderer.