Comparative Essay: Oedipus Rex
The role of fate is the power that determines the outcome of events as well as the actions of how people choose what they want to do can contribute to a breakdown of a person. In Oedipus Rex by Sophocles, Oedipus’ own actions through his life contribute to his downfall at the end of the play. It is Oedipus choice to look for answers of his childhood. Oedipus’ blindness to the truth of his life causes him to make a decision to become blind at his downfall. The excessive pride Oedipus has results in his decision to going after king Laios murderer not knowing he is the murderer. The actions of Oedipus are factors in his downfall as he chooses to fill in missing information of his childhood.
Oedipus has a sense of curiosity about his childhood and he looks for the answers. As a child, he experiences an event with an inebriated man who tells Oedipus that he is not the son of his parents, Polybus and Meropê. Oedipus, perplexed and annoyed, he asks his parents if this is an anecdote. His parents push him away and tell him that this is not true, but Oedipus starts to have doubt and determines to find out the answers. In order for Oedipus to get the answers, he goes to Delphi and solicits about his childhood:
At a feast, a drunken man maundering in his cups
Cries out that I am not my father’s son!
I contained myself that night, though felt anger
And a sinking heart. . . Yet the suspicion
Remained always aching my mind;
I knew there was talk; I could not rest;
And finally, saying nothing to my parents,
I went to the shrine at Delphi. . . .
Some were clear,
Full of wretchedness, dreadful, unbearable;
As, that I should lie with my own mother, breed
Children from whom all men would turn their eyes;
And that I should be my father’s murderer. (Oedipus Rex 745- 755)
Oedipus’ search for information about his unknown childhood allows him to achieve the information by being...
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