Consequently, Oedipus fails, and is met with the horrific events that he was so determined to escape from. The first oracle in Oedipus the King is heard at the Oracle at Delphi, where Creon comes back to the land of Thebes with a solution to the people’s concerns. Specifically, Creon informs his king, Oedipus, that the only way to stop the plague is by finding and punishing the murderer of the late, King Laius. Oedipus initially treats this oracle with excessive curiosity and begins to interrogate Creon about the death of their late king. When Oedipus is met with answers, he vows that he will find the murderer.
After saving the city from the Sphinx and her riddle, King Oedipus learns that a plague has beset upon the population. After consulting with the oracle at Delphi, Oedipus realizes that an unsolved crime is the cause for the suffering of the people. In this consultation, the oracle tells Creon that corruption must be driven from the land. At this point, the corruption is assumed to be the murder of the previous king of Thebes. This is a hint of what is to come in the reading.
Oedipus ignores the dangerous warnings of his companions, and instead increases the urgency of the hunt for the murderer. “Listen to you? No more. I must know it all, / must see the truth at last” (1168-1169). Oedipus chooses to pursue the truth about King Laius’ murderer, not knowing he was the culprit.
When Kreon returns from Delphi, he tells Oedipus that he must, “avenge the murderers of King Laios. (l.131)” In a desperate situation to save his city, Oedipus focuses on Laios’ murder, consequently beginning the play with the mystery of, “Who killed king Laios?” To help him in his quest, Oedipus calls for the blind prophet Teiresias to use his powers and identify the murderer. After receiving a ruthless interrogation and many threats from Oedipus, the prophet reveals that Oedipus is in fact the true slayer, “I say you, you are the killer you’re searching for. (l.492)” Though calling Teiresias’ news as foolish deceit, Oedipus later learns that the murder of King Laios had been foretold to be at the hands of his lost son, which he exiled and sentenced to death when his son was still a baby. Knowing that the same prophecy was told to him by Apollo, Oedipus now knows that he is implicated in the murder, and searches to find the underlying mystery of who he is, which holds the key to the solution of the original mystery.
Laertes is consumed by his anger and acts accordingly, but Hamlet takes his grief to heart and plots how he will eventually avenge his father’s murder. When Laertes learns that Hamlet has killed his father, he immediately goes along with the king’s plan to kill Hamlet. Laertes agrees to “be ruled” by the King so that Hamlet “shall not ... ... middle of paper ... ...r Hamlet. Laertes and Hamlet both succeeded in killing their fathers’ murderers, but the price was the death of Ophelia, Polonius, Gertrude, and Laertes himself. Although Hamlet and Laertes are responsible for their actions in dealing with their grief, Claudius is the ultimate cause of the death throughout the castle.
It is a deathly thing, beyond cure; we must not let it feed upon us longer.” Dumbfounded by this statement, Oedipus questions what defilement could possibly be in his beloved kingdom. When Creon explains that the the murderer of King Laius still lives in the city, Oedipus decrees that he will do everything he can to find the murderer and bring him to justice. Oedipus does not realize that he has begun a hunt for himself, for he unknowingly killed King Laius. Afterwards, Oedipus has several witnesses come forth to try and put together the mystery that is Laius’ death. He first brings forth Teiresias, a blind clairvoyant, in hopes that he can reveal the truth.
When Oedipus learns that the only way to rid Thebes of the plague was to, “…drive out or kill the man who slew Laius, the last king of Thebes,” he swears to find the person who did it (Ross 9). However, when he learns this news, he seeks the advice of Teiresias. Teiresias tells Oedipus that he is the one who killed Laius. However, Oedipus does not believe him and Teiresias tells him, “…although he has eyes, he is blind to the truth” (Ross 9). The two then get into a huge argument because Oedipus believes that Teiresias is lying to him.
He is unwavering on his quest to reveal mysteries that should have been left alone, that he blinds himself to the costs of his findings. He trusts that he can scheme to escape the prediction made by the oracle. Once he does this, he defies the gods and their power over man, and sets a series of events in motion that would directly lead to his demise. While at times Oedipus seems to respect the gods, he did try to outwit them to change his destiny. He was not aware that the adjustment he made to change his fate actually sealed his fate.
At first is seems as if Hamlet would seek revenge right away because he seems eager to find out who the killer is and when he does find out he says he knew it was Claudius all along. He is furious and after this part in the play, Hamlet’s anger is mainly focused on Claudius. On the other hand when Laertes found out Polonius is dead he went straight to Claudius assuming it was him. By doing this he shows that he is controlled by his impulses unlike Hamlet who waited until he got proof to act on his fury. Laertes also blamed Claudius for not giving his father a proper burial, which can relate to Hamlet’s anger too because Hamlet felt as if there was not enough mourning for his father death.
Oedipus enters the separation part of the second stage, the initiation, when the blind "seer" Tiresias charges that Oedipus himself is the cause of the pestilence. Oedipus goes through denial and then separates from himself through self-examination. Although warned to refrain from the search by his wife/mother, Jocasta, Oedipus continues to seek out the truth. This truth seeking leads to the transformation where Oedipus realizes that he is responsible. He had killed his father (although at the time he did not know Laius was his father) and married his mother (he did not know this either),thereby causing the plague.