In my opinion, Oedipus does not deserve what he got and is a victim of fate. This is because all his actions were unintentional. However, some of his actions were ignorant. Right from the beginning we see how Oedipus was envisioned to kill his father and marry his mother, thus his feet being pinned together and him being left on a cliff to die. Fortunate for him and unfortunate at the same time, a shepherd found him and later, the childless king and queen of Corinth, Polybus and Merope adopted him.
One day, his fate is revealed to him, which urges him to leave for Thebes, away from Corinth. While travelling to Thebes, the young man encounters a...
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- Oedipus Rex, a Greek tragedy written by Sophocles, focuses on the rise and fall of Oedipus along with the intricate intersection of fate and destiny. Throughout the play, the audience follows Oedipus on his journey as a prideful, yet figuratively blind king to a man stricken by tragedy and self-mutilating himself to become literally blind, as he is not worthy of his sight, and deserves to live in darkness. Many seek the truth, much like him, but once the revelation comes to light, the final scene of the play shows the devastating cost of learning the truth, thus presenting the evolution of the fallen King Oedipus.... [tags: Sophocles, Tragedy, Oedipus the King, Oedipus]
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