5 October, 2011
Oedipus and Fate
Could it be possible that everyone is controlled by a force far greater than ourselves? Mankind has always pondered the existence of supremely powerful force that overcomes everyone. Many people surely thought that at one point in their life that there may be a god of some sort that preordains our entire life. Whether or not such a force exists the real world, fate can be all too real in stories. Fate is the supposed principle that events are preordained or predetermined. In Oedipus Rex, fate is the commanding force that drives the story. The story of Oedipus proves that if someone fights fate, it will find them.
Oedipus Rex is a story that is primarily based on fate. The main character, Oedipus, is predicted to be doomed to fate by more than one oracle. The oracle at Delphi, tells Oedipus’ parents, shortly before Oedipus’ birth, that their son is destined to kill his father and marry his mother. It is possible that the prophecies could have been avoided if Laius and Jocasta accepted their fate; however, they try to fight it. Jocasta and Laius, his mother and father, decided to take action to avoid the prophecies from ever being fulfilled. Jocasta and Laius have Oedipus’ ankles bound together and leave him on a mountainside to die. However, this was a poor choice, as they never saw whether or not he died. This attempt to fight fate greatly increased the chances of the prophecy actually occurring. A shepherd wound up taking Oedipus to the city of Corinth where he is raised.
Oedipus spends just about all of his life in Corinth, raised by the King and Queen, Polybus and Merope, before he becomes the King of Thebes. He is never informed that these were not his real parents. However, one day he hears that his ‘father’ is not really his father. This bothers Oedipus enough to make him take a trip to the Oracle at Delphi to tell him about his origins. When Oedipus gets there he is surprised to hear that he will...