Oedipus

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As time passes, works and writing will eventually be forgotten, the only ones that remain in the light of the public are those which reflect universal, unchanging themes. Fate plays a vital role in Oedipus Rex ranging for the pinnacle of Oedipus’ success to his distressed downfall. Centuries ago during Sophocles existence the ancient Greeks believed that one’s fate was predetermined by the Gods and unable to change. In modern times the definition of fate has evolved; fate is merely a belief that we are what we shape ourselves to be. Oedipus fate was unable to be ignored due to his blindness throughout the play. Blindness also plays an important role in Oedipus Rex. Sophocles uses blindness metaphorically as well as literally and gives the play a sense of dramatic irony.

The Ancient Greeks believed that one’s fate could not be changed after it has been decided, not even by the Gods themselves. Oedipus Rex begins to shape as a dramatic tragedy as Oedipus enters Thebes. Oedipus also fearing his prophecy he runs away hoping that it will allow him escape from his fate. The instant that Oedipus enters Thebes, his character begins to evolve. The play beings with Oedipus knowing and remembering the facts that led to the ultimate truth. But as the play progresses the memories that Oedipus has seem to fade away, allowing him to become a more devoted leader. Oedipus in the begging of the play is caring: he sympathizes with the people of Thebes and wants to shed light on who murdered Laius. In his efforts he becomes prideful. When Oedipus is confronted with his prophecy he refuses to accept it and attempts to change it. Oedipus, after being told about Laius murder, reassures the people of Thebes that he will find the murderer. This journey for Oedipus is a journey of finding himself rather than solving a crime. As he initiates his journey, he threaten the murderer with exile, being unaware he is threatening himself. Being prideful and confident Oedipus refuses to...
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