All of Oedipus’ obstacles were an effect of his own actions. It all began when the Oracle at Delphi announced to Oedipus that he was destined to murder his father and marry his mother. He made the decision to escape the life he knew to stop this event from occuring. He was not aware that by doing so he was allowing the prophecy to happen and that he was entering his destiny of tragedy. When all is said and done, Oedipus was blind and found guilty for the death of the king of Thebes. Although Oedipus was ignorant to the truths around him and was not conscious of the path he was embracing, Oedipus was required to take responsibility for his actions and decisions.
One of Oedipus’ mistakes was being ignorant to who his real parents were. Oedipus had discovered rumors that the people he thought were his birth parents were not who they said they were. He had a feeling that the rumors were true, but he foolishly did not make an effort to uncover the truth. Even when the oracle revealed Oedipus to his fate, he did not question who his parents were. Oedipus assumed it was referring to the people he considered his parents, his adoptive parents in Corinth. To avoid fulfilling the prophecy, Oedipus left his home. He didn’t understand that by abandoning his home, he would collide with his birth parents, Laius and Jocasta, making the prophecy possible. Because of the words of the oracle, Laius and Jocasta shipped Oedipus away from Thebes, but that was his planned destination when he left home. During his travel, Laius and his company attempted to drive Oedipus off the road, resulting in him killing his father and the men he was with. It was not until after that occurred that Oedipus was informed that it had been his birth father. Even though Oedipus did not like the fact that he just murdered his father, he should not have gotten so angry to the point of killing someone, especially since he was trying to escape his destiny of murdering his father. Half of the...
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