What Was Oedipus's Crime? Oedipus, ruler of Thebes, murdered his father and married his mother. Such acts are almost always deemed unnatural and criminal; they are not tolerated within traditional society. A person who has committed these illegal acts of murder and incest would be considered a criminal, yet Sophocles's character, Oedipus, is not guilty of either crime. Prior to the birth of Oedipus, a prophecy was spoken over Laius and his wife Jocasta. They were told that their son would one day be his father's killer and would then marry his mother. In fear, King Laius and Queen Jocasta sent the baby Oedipus off with a slave to be killed. He was never killed, but rather was given to a childless king and queen which lovingly raised him. Oedipus was never factually told about his lineage. Later in his life, Oedipus was confronted by several unknown men while traveling. Upon confrontation, Oedipus killed all but one of the men in self defense. Unknowingly, Oedipus had begun to fulfill the prophecy for one of the men had been his birth father, Laius. While still traveling, Oedipus had come to the city of Thebes. There, he saved the city from the wrath of the Sphinx by solving her riddle. Seen as a savior by the citizens of Thebes, Oedipus was made king and subsequently, the husband of Jocasta. Oedipus and his wife-mother ruled together and had four children while never knowing of the true relationship between each other. As the tragedy comes to a close, the truth is revealed to Oedipus concerning his lineage and unnatural actions. Although the truth had been spoken to him about these matters previously, Oedipus had chosen not to believe and understandably so. True revelation comes to Oedipus through the same slave that had been ordered to kill him as a baby. Since Oedipus had no knowledge of his birth parents, he cannot be accused of knowingly fulfilling the prophecy. He had no understanding of Laius as his birth father upon killing him. One might say
Oedipus to be abandoned in the mountains alone to die. Oedipus, escaping death
unknowingly with the help of the Shepherd, continued on living life with the King and queen of Corinth, before his journey to Thebes, where the prophecies came true. Oedipus’s pride and hunger for knowledge resulted in the public knowing and his public shame. Even though he could not escape fate of his predetermined life, Oedipus should be blamed for his downfall, reminding us that knowledge is not always a good thing….
1 March 2013
Oedipus’s Fateful Decisions
Throughout the play of Oedipus the King, Oedipus and other members of the play makes some decisions that ultimately decide Oedipus’s fate. Some of Oedipus’s decisions are a result from an oracle, but his personal decisions ultimately lead to his fall to death. His decisions of running away from his home kingdom, pushing the oracle to speak more, and searching for the shepherd that knew where Oedipus came from leads to Oedipus’s fate.
Many readers believe that fate is what causes Oedipus’s downfall; however, it is his free actions that create his tragedy. It can be claimed by many readers that Oedipus’ actions were beyond his control and were actually being determined by a higher power. However, Oedipus is able to choose his course of action making him responsible for his ruin. Although many readers believe that fate is what causes Oedipus’s downfall, it is his free actions that create his tragedy.
In “Chapter 5: A Hidden God:….
The second paragraph Dodds is giving examples to support his view that fate does not make us determined in our ways. With the use of secondary sources Dodds is able to elaborate on his belief that Oedipus acted on his own will rather than being a forced by fate. Dodds made a reference to philosopher A.W. Gomme and Jesus Christ who both spoke about actions being fate bound. He cited Gomme because Gomme made it unquestionable that the gods may say something will happen but they do not give a direct….
Although Oedipus is an ideal leader who saved Thebes from the monstrous Sphinx, his fatal flaws of anger and pride ultimately lead to his tragic downfall. One example of Oedipus's flaw that caused his downfall is his hot temper. Because of Oedipus’s hot temper, he acts before he thinks. One example of his quick temper occurs when Oedipus killed Laius where three highways meet. Laius, who was in a rush to get to the Oracle of Delphi to save Thebes, tried to run Oedipus off of the rode with his colt-drawn….
Assignment B – Crime and Crime prevention
ICT has greatly contributed to better crime prevention but has also increased some forms of
crime. Many Internet criminals are using a number of different methods in order to take what
they want from unsuspecting members of the public. There are multiple reasons why criminals
commit crime via the Internet, however the most common crimes are the theft of money, the
theft of identities or information and finally the damaging of others computers via methods….
Categories of Computer Crime
Professor Masudur Chowdhury
July 4, 2013
Explain in detail the four common categories of computer crimes and provide at least one example for each.
There are many different types of computer crime and multiple ways to categorize them. I will discuss four categories in detail to shine light on how vulnerable people are, when we choose to use a personal or publicly used computer to transmit confidential information….
Can the act of a crime ever occur without a legitimate victim? This is a question that has remained in the conscious of the social science community for a prolonged period of time. More specifically in the field of sociology and criminology due to the controversy surrounding the very term. In order to comprehend the background of this heavily debated question and to formulate an accurate position through the following arguments. It is of grave importance to first understand the definition of all….
MSc in Security and Risk Management:
Module 1- Crime and Crime Prevention
No single theory when considered in isolation has the capacity to fully explain criminal behaviour in contemporary society. To what extent do you agree/disagree?
The causes of criminal behaviour have been intensively researched over many decades but there is still considerable debate about what it is that makes a person….
Crime After Crime is an true documentary film, story that is totally incredible!
While watching this film, It gave me a new perspective on life and our justice system.
This documentary it is an must watch, I recommend it to see because there is a lot of
missing out on some really important information that we should all be aware of in ours
life. This film is simply unbelievable, I wonder how can an D.A's office….