All this time he knew the prophecy, but remains to claim unaware to the crimes he committed. He ignored the prophecy assuming it to be true and he could elude it but consequently his choice of action failed him. Additionally, for a moment in the play Oedipus recalls his encounter at the crossroads and his unknown encounter with Laius, the old man paid the price and more; he hit him with his staff, and struck him down… he did not give them the opportunity to react, he made sure he killed them all and says “my self-defense was simple execution.” His claim of self-defense is not justified, according to the play Laius and his men were not a serious threat in fact the reason this altercation came about was a mere
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. This realization was too much for Jocasta to bear and so she committed suicide. At the sight of this event, Oedipus feels immediate and unbearable guilt and blinds himself to the evils he has caused. At this point Oedipus enters the return phase of the initiation and realizes that he must live up to his own decree and banish himself from the city in order to save his people. The third stage, the sacrifice, is symbolized by Oedipus removing himself from the city.
Unknowingly, Oedipus had just begun to walk the path that led to his downfall. Shortly after, he killed his father Laius and later married his mother Jocasta. These actions proved that his life was predetermined by fate and that he was unable to change it. Years later, Oedipus is informed of the plague that has struck Thebes, and is asked to help in the matter. Oedipus could have waited for the plague to end, but feeling pity for his suffering people, he sent Creon to Delphi where he was to plead before Apollo to relie...
Are Hamlet’s actions justified by killing his uncle Claudius? His actions weren’t justified and there are many ways that his actions weren’t justified. I will be showing you all the ways his actions weren’t justified in killing his uncle in revenge for killing his father. First, he was not justified because of the treatment of Gertrude. Hamlet’s fathers ghost had told Hamlet when they were talking outside that he only wanted revenge for his uncle murdering him and when Hamlet asked him what about my mother and then the ghost said leave her to heaven and to those thorns that in her bosom lodge, to prick and sting her.
Also, in the previous quote, Oedipus tries to diminish his shame by convincing his people that it is not his fault, but Apollo’s, for murdering his father and marrying his mother. The moral of this story is that human beings can’t escape their fate, and thus it is not Oedipus’ fault for committing those two crimes. To destroy Oedipus, the gods granted the power of prophecy to oracles that delivered these prophecies to Laius and Jocasta. As a result, they kill their child to get rid of him and his terrible prophecies. Unfortunately, these prophecies came true because Oedipus didn’t know his real parents.
Once Hamlet sees how Claudius reacts to the play he knows that Claudius killed his father and that the ghost was right, he has a chance to kill him and doesn’t take it . His only proof was the ghost and even though others saw the ghost no one else heard it talk except Hamlet. Hamlet was also considering a lot of other things at this time, like how if he killed Claudius now Claudius would be free of sin and would go to heaven. He was also thinking if his father didn’t get to die free of sin it wouldn’t be fair for Claudius to die free of sin either, which shows how vengeful Hamlet’s character is. At the same time, Hamlet has morals and understands the consequences so that’s why it’s harder for him to perform the act .
"He kills Polonius by accident, hoping that in a blind thrust through ther arras he might turn out at last to have dispatched the King..."(Murray pg131) Some may think that Hamlet let his emotions take over his actions in avenging his fathers' death , but Ophelia and Laertes also lots a father and they too acted like out of control. Laertes also look for revenge toward his fathers' killer just like Hamlet. Ophelia the sister of Laertes was unable to get revenge for her father Polonius lost her mind and committed suicide. Hamlet may too gone mad and taken his own life if he was unable to get revenge. The ghost of Hamlet's father give Hamlet the answer of revenge by telling him how the killer is.
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. "Tis a just zeal for the cause of that slain man. And right it is in me that ye shall see me fighting that cause for Phoebus and for Thebes”. In order for Sophocles' play to be categorized as tragic, the tragic hero had to have some sort of a flaw. The hero’s tragic flaws are the qualities, which ultimately lead to his downfall.
I beg you Hamlet, as a man who has attempted to avenge a death, calm down and rethink your decisions, otherwise the outcome may be severely detrimental. Impulse is yet another one of man’s flaws, as we perform our worst decisions when we are fueled by rage. We have both killed innocent men when we were unstable with anger. I ended up slaying my father to his death, angry at the road blockage his caravan created. However, you and I depicted no remorse over the slaughter of innocent people.
Oedipus tried to change the outcome of his life by walking away from all those that he cared about in order to not have the prophecy come true, in doing this he ended up right where he started from and killed his father and married his mother. The life of Oedipus was destined to be this way, “it’s mine alone, my destiny—I am Oedipus!”