This event was significant because Oedipus has now completed part of the prophecy. Later, after he was crowned as the king of Thebes, the city was in danger. So, Oedipus sends Creon to find a cure for the plague and he came with a message saying that to save the city, we must kill Laius’ murderer. For this reason, Oedipus begins searching for the murderer, but he doesn’t know that he himself is the murderer. “My birth all sprung revealed from those it never should, myself entwined with those I never could.
The stories of Gilgamesh, Oedipus the King, and The Tragedy of Sohrab and Rostam all teach the readers that destiny and character are intertwined. In Sophocles’ Oedipus the King, destiny and Oedipus’ actions determines the ultimate fate. Oedipus tells the Messenger: “Apollo told me once – it is my fate – I must make love with my own mother / shed my father’s blood with my own hands” (418). Oedipus learns this at a young age and desperately attempts to change his fate. He leaves Corinth, where he believes his real parents reside at, thinking he is escaping his unwanted future.
We can make whatever decisions we want but our decisions will take us to the same predetermined fate. The play, Oedipus the King, demonstrates this because no matter how far Oedipus chooses to run he was still victimized by fate. When Oedipus was born, Jocasta and Laius heard a prophecy that their son would murder his father and sleep with his mother. They quickly sought to get rid of their newborn and, through the paths of a few messengers; he was given to the king and queen of Corinth. When Oedipus was growing up, he saw an oracle who told him of the very same prophecy and quickly fled the land of Corinth in fear of harming the ones he loved.
Though fate had granted him with the knowledge of his fate, he was missing the tiny, yet crucial piece of information of when the prophecy had been fulfilled. Thus the reality of what was, and reality as he perceived it left Oedipus selecting between two sets of irreconcilable facts, both of which he believed to be true. Ultimately, his inability to reconcile between two “truths” led to his mental and physical destruction. When Creon returned from visiting the prophet Tiresias, he warned Oedipus of his impending prophecy. With the knowledge of this prophecy, Oedipus learned that he was destined to kill his father, and marry his mother only to bear cursed progeny.
Oedipus was destined from birth to someday marry his mother and to murder his father. This prophecy as warned by the oracle of Apollo at Delphi was unconditional and inevitably would come to pass, no matter what he may have done to avoid it. His past actions were determined by fate, but his adventures in Thebes were controlled by his own free will.From the beginning of this tragedy, Oedipus took many actions leading to his own downfall. He could have endured the plague, but out of compassion for his suffering people, he had Creon go to Delphi. When he learned of Apollo's word, he could have calmly investigated the murder of the former King Laius, but in his hastiness, he condemns the murderer, and in so, unknowingly curses himself.
Oedipus the king written by sophecles when read for the first time the reader will realize that the audience already knows what is going to happen its just the way that the characters deal will with it. There is an oracle that says that Oedipus will kill his father and marry his mother. Sophecles examines the relationship between fate and free will. Fate being what some say is an excuse. For example if I said that I could not do what I wanted to do I could say it was fate, which is junk.
As father to his people, he sees the importance of relieving their suffering, and thus sends Creon to the Oracle at Delphi. Creon brings him this message from the Delphic Oracle: "…expel from the land of Thebes / An old defilement we are sheltering". It is quickly determined between the two men that the defilement to which the prophecy refers is the murderer of Laius. Oedipus sees it as his job to rid the city of the plague. Trying to figure out who killed Laius leads him to question his own innocence, and leads into the final stage of his quest.
Oedipus the King is play that tells of a renowned king and his struggle between free will and his alleged fate. Oedipus was prophesized to kill his father and marry his mother. After learning about the prophecy, Oedipus immediately takes action by leaving his hometown of Corinth and avoiding his supposed parents. In Oedipus the King, Sophocles shows that Oedipus' actions contribute to his downfall; it is his vain short temper, enormous pride, and impulsive nature that cause him to make the decisions that set into action the course of events that not only lead to his own doom, but ironically the fate he tries so desperately to escape. Oedipus the King is ripe with examples of Oedipus' short temper.
Fate is made to seem very important in this play because it is written to seem that the characters cannot be held fully responsible for their actions due to fate. The main choice of free will that was made in Oedipus the King was for Oedipus to decide to find his own identity. The prophecy given to Oedipus states that he will kill his own father, and marry and have children with his mother. Horrified by the thought of this, Oedipus leaves his city so he can stay away from his parents to avoid the prophecy coming true. Oedipus does everything he can to try and find out the truth and his own identity; this shows his determination as a character but also shows that he is still able to make his own choice of free will.
However on the other hand, Hamlet did not know that his life would be a tragic one. Hamlets' fate played out through his whole life. No one knew that hamlet's life would end up the way that it did. Hamlets' life first changed when his Uncle Claudius killed Hamlet's father, the King and Claudius' brother. Claudius just wanted to get to the Queen Gertrude.