The prophecy controls some of Oedipus' life, but it's because the fear of it coming true that drives the characters to take ill action. Throughout the play we are given evidence showing his poor decision making and anger issues, but never any definitive proof that Oedipus' future is out of his control. Oedipus the King tells of Oedipus' struggle with his fate. It is Oedipus' short temper, pride, and poor decision making that cause him to make the choices that lead to his demise. Oedipus and his family take action to ensure the prophecy of him killing his father and sleeping with his mother would not come true.
This leads to him killing his father unknowingly at a young age fulfilling the prophecy and contributing to the resolution. Another archetype that is relevant is that of Laios and Jocasta which is bad parenting. They get rid of Oedipus as a child and by doing this they play out the prophecy. This shows their clearly shows how ignorant they are. Instead of taking on the “problem” they simply throw it away and let it grow up into a even bigger problem.
When Oedipus is met with answers, he vows that he will find the murderer. However, there is great irony in his vow because he doesn’t know that he is the actual murderer of the great King. With this, it’s clear that Oedipus misunderstood this oracle off of sheer ignorance. Oedipus’ reactions toward the first oracle reveal the immediate qualities of Oedipus. At this stage of the narrative, it is apparent that Oedipus lacks knowledge of his own identity.
The role of hubris has presented itself in the play Oedipus the King by Sophocles, we learn that Oedipus is a hubris king who tries to control the gods and avoid his fate. Hubris is defined as excessive personal pride which we see in Oedipus throughout the play. As the play progresses further, Oedipus hubris overwhelms him and he gets into dangerous situations. His pride as king blinds him from the truth as he goes directly to his downfall without realizing it. Oedipus hubris is what causes his tragic downfall because he blinds himself from Tiresias prophecy, avoids Apollo’s prophecy, and his pursuit in trying to find Laius’ murder.
Then, Oedipus's pitiless murdering causes several subsequent tragedies such as the incestuous marriage of Oedipus gets into the flight with Laius. However, Oedipus's characteristics after Laius's death imply that Oedipus could avoid the fight as well as the murder of his father, but did not. Ultimately, Oedipus gets what he deserves due to his own characteristics that lead him to murder Laius: impatience, delusion, and arrogance. One characteristic that leads Oedipus to flight his father is impatience. Oedipus?s impatience is obvious when Creon reports news from Apollo.
Therefore judgment is the work of fate (Driver 247). Every detail of the story is contrived as to reinforce the conception of order disturbed and order restored (Driver 247). Oedipus's parents were told early of their son's fate, as a result they sought to destroy him and thus inhibit the horrors of fate. Their plan was interrupted and in the end, order was restored because fate was allowed to take its course. When Oedipus later heard of his fate, he decided to return to Thebes, his birth town, in order to escape his fate.
This is another example of his tragic flaws, pride. When Oedipus vows to do everything in his power to find Laius’ killer, the leader of the chorus advises Oedipus that no one knows the identity of the murderer, and that the god Apollo should name him to the people. Oedipus replies "to force the gods to act against their will- no man has the power. "(320) He has called on the blind seer who knows what the god Apollo sees. It is ironic that Tiresias can "see" what Oedipus can not though he suffers of old age and physical blindness.
Oedipus the king is being blindsided by all the actions in which he has done, leading him to self-destruct his own life. Literature is a question minus the answer takes part in the play Oedipus the king because it based upon the central question as of why Oedipus has been so oblivious to his own actions, leading him on to hatred towards himself. These plays are a tragedy, showing how Oedipus's mistakes contribute to the hero, Oedipus’s, down falling, and compared to fate being the cause it. (Page 73) In Oedipus’s speech, he says, “Nothing left to see, to love, No welcome in communion, Friends who are my friends, hurry me from here, hurry off the monster: That deepest damned and god-detested man.” In which, Oedipus is declaring that he has only
Throughout the play Macbeth is never satisfied with himself. He feels the need to keep committing crime in order to keep what he wants most: his kingship. The harder Macbeth tries to change his fate the more he tends to run into his fate. His ambition and struggle for power was Macbeth’s tragic flaw in the play. Macbeth’s rise to the throne was brought about by the same external forces that ensure his downfall.
The Themes of Oedipus the King In the play Oedipus the King, by Sophocles, two themes appear; one that humans have little control of their lives because fate always catches up with them and the theme that when someone makes a mistake, they will have to pay for it. The theme that the lives of humans are controlled by the gods, in Oedipus, show that everything humans do are futile and result in no gain but only loss. This theme is mainly shown by the character Oedipus, king of Thebes. In the beginning of his life, Laius the king planned to kill his son by leaving him on Mount Cithaeron to die. "...at the moment I was your savior."