The Oracle is to blame for Oedipus’s demise as it contributes 50% to his downfall. For example Creon returns to Thebes from his journey to Delphi with the answer from the Oracle stating to Oedipus “He was murdered; and Apollo commands us to take revenge upon whoever killed him” (Sophocles, Prologue, 110). Oedipus is forced to start an investigation in finding Laios’s murderer. Oedipus’s determination to uncover the mystery ironically leads to him finding out he is Laios’s murderer. Moreover Jocasta tries to ease Oedipus by saying “Now you remember the story: Laius was killed by marauding strangers where three highways meet; but his child had not been three days in this world before the king had pierced the baby’s ankles and left him to die on a lonely mountainside” (Sophocles, Scene 2, 191). From this we understand that the oracle causes more harm than good as his family is faced with a tough decision to kill baby Oedipus in order to escape fate. Oedipus was then spared and adopted by Polybus king of Corinth, where he discovers his fate and leaves Corinth. That is to say Oedipus becoming king was not a coincidence. The priest states “ You saved us from the Sphinx; that flinty singer and the tribute we paid to her so long; yet you were never better informed that we, nor could we teach you”(Sophocles, Prologue, ...
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...es even deeper into the investigation and discovers that his father is indeed Laios and everything the oracle revealed of him came true. Overall Oedipus is to blame for bringing about his downfall as he let his feelings get in his way.
Given these points Oedipus’s downfall where the doings of the Oracle, The shepherd and the protagonist himself. Firstly the Oracle is to blame because it contributes 50% and the prophecy it made about Oedipus because it only brought about chaos. Secondly the shepherd is to blame as he contributes 30% and the lies he told. Lastly Oedipus is to blame because he contributes 20% and letting his feelings and emotions crowd his judgment brings about his downfall. Oedipus faced many obstacles and challenges in his life. One can learn from the tragedy of Oedipus that one should think before they act as it only brings about negative results.
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