This research essay will be about the myth Oedipus the King. Even Oedipus can possibly change his fate, but he still leads himself to the destruction due to his arrogant and stubbornness. There are so many things Oedipus can possibly do differently to avoid fulfilling the prophecy of the oracle. The story of Oedipus can apply to our everyday lives in many ways. Life is a long chess game and our opponent is the ruthless fate. Some of us think twice, maybe even three times more before we make our moves. Some of us make the moves without taking a look.
“Normally, one would expect the consultation and reporting of an oracular response to constitute a very public claim to divine validation; Oedipus, however, undertakes the consultation in secret, a detail that suggests that he is less sure that the outcome will be favorable, even as the audience knows that his legitimacy is certain”(Dugdale). The ancient Greek believes in worshiping the natural spirit and gods. The oracle gives people the words of Gods and it normally gives people directions. People will go to the temple to seek helps from the priests. The oracle represents people’s faith in the ancient Greece. Generally, seeking helps from the priest with oracles is a positive thing but Oedipus is uncertain about the answer he is going to get. Therefore, Oedipus goes to the priest in secret as if he is ashamed of it.
“She retold the oracle received by Laius that he was fated to be killed by his own son” (Dugdale). Laius tries to escape the fate that he is going to b killed by Oedipus, so he plans on having Oedipus killed. Little does Laius know, his action actually begins the fulfillment of the oracle of Delphic. After knowing the prophecy, human has ...
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...know one day in the future death will come upon us and death is unavoidable. Teiresias will be the one to help you figure out when and how will the day come.
“He begs Creon, ‘Cast me out with all speed from this land’ but Creon rejects hasty action and declares he will ask the god at Delphi for advice” (Goldhill). Oedipus begs his uncle/brother in law to cast him out of the city as soon as possible. Oedipus knows he has messed up seriously and there is not going back at this point. Oedipus thinks himself as an abomination. Oedipus thinks he is the one brining all the unfortunates into his city. He believes that he needs go as far away as possible to bring all the horror with him. Of course as family, Creon does not agree with Oedipus but he does not turn Oedipus down directly. Instead, he tells Oedipus that he is going to seek for the advices of the god at Delphi.
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