Acceptance or Doom: An Analysis of Oedipus Rex

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Acceptance or Doom: An Analysis of Sophocles "Oedipus Rex"

In the story "Oedipus Rex," by Sophocles, the author suggests that one's fate cannot be altered, but if an individual's pride and arrogance make the individual try to change his/her fate, the person becomes hubristic and at the end the person realizes fate cannot be changed and the person's fate happens the way it was supposed to happen. If people belief in fate and at some point in people's life an individual discovers what his/her fate is, the person should just accept their fate and not try to change destiny.

Oedipus's ability to solve problems is shown when the sphinx was in Thebes and Oedipus, "the simple man," solved the sphinx's riddle. When Oedipus describes himself as "simple" he is being sarcastic and is implying that he is smarter than all Thebans which is true and shows his intelligence. Oedipus was proud of being intelligent and that he solved the sphinx's riddle because "no birds helped" him; birds were known for helping the gods' oracles to see the future or an individual's fate. His pride of solving the sphinx's riddle makes him feel superior to other human beings, which makes him arrogant. Oedipus demonstrates his arrogance in the moment he says that the sphinx's "magic," that being its riddle, demanded a "real exorcist" -- which he really is not, truly he is just a fool who tried to outsmart the gods -- the "exorcist" being Oedipus because he beats the sphinx. When Oedipus solves the riddle, he does not only become arrogant, but also hubristic because he feels superior to the gods since only he was able to save Thebes from the sphinx. Oedipus's heroic excess leads him to be exiled from

Thebes to a place where "no human voice can ever greet him;" that is to a place in which he will be isolated from all human beings so he can do no harm to any more people.

In "Oedipus Rex," Sophocles implies that fate cannot be changed and that it cannot be played...
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