Rex Conflicts And Ironies Of Sophocles ' Oedipus The King

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OedipuOedipus Rex Conflicts And Ironies The playwright Sophocles wrote one hundred and twenty-three plays throughout his lifetime, his most famous being “Oedipus Rex” also known by other titles such as “Oedipus Tyrannus” or “Oedipus The King”. Sophocles ' plays often involve the downfall of the protagonist, and this is no exception. The play tells the tale of King Oedipus of Thebes, a man prophesied as doomed by the gods. His name alone is a hint at his fate, translating to “swollen foot” as his feet were bound and broken at birth when his father left him to die. Though he survived and lived the life of a prince by another royal family, he is distraught when informed that he is not their son. Upon visiting an oracle of Apollo to determine his true heritage, a young Oedipus runs away from Corinth to prevent the prophecy, which states that he will kill his father and bear his mother 's children, from coming true. Even though he thinks he is free, he later discovers that the gods are always accurate and that fate is inescapable. There are multiple examples of conflict throughout the play, the first of which being between Oedipus and his fate. A drunk townsman tells a young Oedipus that he is not truly the child of King Polybus and Queen Merope of Corinth, and while they denied this, the prince ran to the oracle for confirmation. The man tries to escape the prophecy made known to him by running to Thebes, still believing that he is not an adopted child. This is the first time that his stubbornness causes him to try and deny his fate, later continuing when further told by a Corinthian messenger that he is the child of Jocasta and Laius, previous king of Thebes. “The messenger goes on to reveal that Oedipus is not the son of... ... middle of paper ... ...urce of conflict is Oedipus versus Creon. With Oedipus believing himself innocent, he angrily accuses his brother-in-law of being the killer along with Tiresias, with the argument continuing until Jocasta separates the two. “Quote here.” (Weigel Jr., 1.) Oedipus makes the claim that Creon secretly desires to be king, which Creon denies. When Jocasta tells the story of Laius ' death, Oedipus suspects that he really did kill Laius, and both a Corinthian messenger and the Shepard who found Oedipus confirm his suspicions. “Quote here” (Sophocles, line.) After Jocasta commits suicide, Oedipus blinds himself, realizing that Tiresias was correct all along, and begs to be banished. This is an example of dramatic irony, as he was the most blind when calling Tiresias, the seer, blind. Another example is when Oedipus curses the killer of Laius, thereby cursing himself.

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