Oedipus the King Character Analysis

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Latisha Chateman
Professor: Dr. Lancaster
ENG230
11/25/2010
Oedipus the King Character Analysis
Oedipus the King had accomplished many great things during his reign of Thebes and in his life time. Oedipus found out during his reign in Thebes that the Gods who loved him also knew his devastating fate. As a young man when Oedipus answered the riddle the Sphinx he soon found his self having everything want and need. He earned his spot as the new King of Thebes, he had a great wife and lovely set of children and last but not least a widely known name and fame that traveled way throughout the lands. Oedipus life was wonderful until the plague hit Thebes and there forth the cookie crumbled. “The point of many of our tragedies seems to be that, since the character cannot escape his or her fate, that each of us, given a set of circumstances, would do the same thing.”( Jon Blackstock ) I believed should have sympathy because were many pieces in the story that he did not know but his character of anger, overreacting, teasing Tiresias, and fate is what brought Oedipus down to an ugly fate. Oedipus themes and ideas of irony and fate happened over and over numerous times throughout the play. He believed in fate like the entire Greeks society does but he mostly believes in his own capital ability and action to seek out and determination of his future. Irony can have so many forms it is evident that irony is situational, verbal and dramatic. In the story of Oedipus on relies on really himself because he believes in his own mind first to support his decision of wisdom making were made by his analyzed thoughts. Sophocles was always a very strong believer of destiny, but in the story of Oedipus the King he had different alternatives. In Oedipus, Sophocles made Oedipus believe in himself more than which he proves many times throughout the play. In Thebes the priest go to Oedipus to see about stopping the plague that is killing and destroying Thebes. When the priest go to Oedipus for knowledge, since Oedipus solved the Sphinx riddle years ago before he took the title as King. As the story Introduces Oedipus he is very calm trying to find out who killed the previous King of Thebes which was Laius who we know as readers is Oedipus father. “What we see instead of desires to kill one's father and marry one's mother are the twin facts of killing and marrying. Desire may or may not be there, but the deeds were done. Killing one's father, the head of the oikos, is a most serious crime in Athens.” (N.S. Gill) Being the reader we are already familiar about the man who did really great things. Oedipus finds out from Creon who is his brother in law that he sent to Delphi for information, that Apollo was the God who put the plague the Thebes until they “Drives the corruption frame the land, don’t harbor it any longer, past all cure, don’t nurse it in your soil-root it out!”-( Oedipus The King pg:576, line: 107-111)Oedipus says this as an oath before the chorus and the priest that the murder would be found and banished from the land. During this is one of the time you can really feel Oedipus anger rising. Oedipus decline from his status is not really an accident but a fate he could not really prevent. This is why I believe Oedipus deserved sympathy. Oedipus has a lot of character traits like anger, haste and truthfulness are really shown during his down fall as a man who knows nothing but later realizes he is the cause of the plague on Thebes by the end of the play. While the onion layer of the harmartia start to unfold Oedipus anger to really come full force and start to call everybody to palace to discover the truth. Sophocles in generally express concern through protagonist in Oedipus the King. Oedipus anger and arrogance leads him to a lot of red flag and more. Which cause dissatisfaction in all men such as Creon in the chorus. In the begging Oedipus tries to pin Creon as his enemy and for trying...
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