Tyranny, dwelling of too much power and pride are all of the causes for the downfall of King Laius of Thebes. Laius selfishness and arrogance were the outcome of his self destruction, in which all of his drastic decisions not only influenced himself but Oedipus fate too. In this tragic drama, Oedipus is overcome with a difficult task, solving the crime of Laius death, and ironically revealing his own his fate at the end. In Oedipus the King, Laius plays a profound role, death and alive, that affects the actions and cunning decisions Oedipus makes throughout the novel.
Laius self sufficient actions of trying to avoid destiny, makes him conclude the answer of killing his own son for the sake of his own life. He doesn’t predict that by doing this is exactly what destiny intended him to do, thus beginning the life of Oedipus committing sin, for marrying her mother and killing his father. This action Laius committed, made Oedipus believes that his real parents where in Corinth. He left his homeland so he won’t do as destiny intended for him to do, which is committing sin. Ironically, Oedipus made this exact mistake of leaving home and of not informing his beloved parents of his departure because of the influential aspect of Laius cunning decisions of avoiding destiny. Here too Oedipus just as his father Laius shows arrogance for not telling his parents anything or sending them a messenger, to justify his actions he had to take. Laius shows more arrogant actions when meeting with Oedipus again, crossing paths, Laius tried to slash his head off for the simple fact of not moving aside of the road. This decisive action made Oedipus kill him and making destiny come to reality. If Laius would have been more open minded and act reasonable instead of acting of anger and arrogance he would have saved his own life and of his own son too. Although, he did believe his son was already death, he could have avoided all of this by thinking things reasonably,... [continues]
Cite This Essay
(2010, 10). Oedipus the King. StudyMode.com. Retrieved 10, 2010, from http://www.studymode.com/essays/Oedipus-The-King-452418.html
"Oedipus the King" StudyMode.com. 10 2010. 10 2010 <http://www.studymode.com/essays/Oedipus-The-King-452418.html>.
"Oedipus the King." StudyMode.com. 10, 2010. Accessed 10, 2010. http://www.studymode.com/essays/Oedipus-The-King-452418.html.