These two seemingly noble characteristics, the desire to help his people and the desire to know the truth, end up working against Oedipus, and results in the tragedy of the play. The role of fate in this beginning scene is clearly seen through the prophecy, but at this point in the plot, it is unclear ... ... middle of paper ... ...ons of the gods in conjunction with man’s acts of will can result in a life that is newly aligned on a desirable path of truth and respect both for and from the divine. Works Cited Kallich, Martin. “Oedipus: From Man to Archetype.” Comparative Literature Studies 3.1 (1966): 33-35. Rpt.
At one point in the play, the blind, hermaphroditic Teiresius enters to bring Oedipus’ head out of the clouds and back to earth where things are a mite different. This is one point of the play in which Oedipus is unbelievably close to finally buying into the fact that some power higher than himself could be at work-- and yet his arrogance and pride hinder him from accepting the legitimacy of fate. Oedipus finds the idea that Teiresius could know more than he simply offensive. Teiresius, sensing Oedipus’ hostility toward him, warns the king that when Oedipus berates him that “such taunts will... cast the selfsame taunts on you,”(p.126,ln.73). One would assume that Oedipus, knowing Teiresius’ reputation as a most unfailing and precise prophet would take heed in his further dealings with fate.
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Also renowned authors such as Sigmund Freud in his paper "On Dreams" believe that Sophocles meant to portray Oedipus as a tyrant ."... Oedipus frequent outburst of temper, his seeming inability to moderate his emotions, and his restless suspicion of those around him (bordering on paranoia) as evidence that Sophocles intended to portray him as a tyrant"(311). Oedipus is portrayed as loyal, intelligent and courageous in the eyes of his kingdom, because he rescued them from the "fate" of the Sphinx. He's believed to be gifted and/or favored by the gods. In the beginning of the play subjects of the kingdom come pleading that he rescue them once again from another plague that has inflicted the city, just as he had done in the past.
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