The Inevitability Of Fate In Oedipus The King

Topics: Oedipus, Sophocles, Oedipus the King Pages: 4 (840 words) Published: May 3, 2016


“An ignorant person is the blind instrument of their own deconstruction.” (Bolivar) In the story “Oedipus the King,” Oedipus, not knowingly, tried to change his fate. A person’s fate is there to stick with them, it is inevitable and is not something to be tampered with. He did not know as much about himself as he thought he did and in the end, his stubbornness leads to a very tragic downfall.
After Oedipus grows up, an oracle at Delphi tells him his fate is the death of his father by his own hands and that he will marry his mother. He does not answer the original question Oedipus asked as to who his true parents are. Upon hearing this, Oedipus decides to leave the city and never return as long as his parents are alive. Oedipus is running from his fate as he leaves the city and heads far from there. On...

It is understandable that he did not do a full background check on himself when he started to put the pieces together but if he would have just caught on a little sooner then maybe he could have tried to put the blame on someone else so that he could continue to be king or leave the city before anyone else noticed, none of this would have happened. He damned the person that killed Laios, essentially damning himself. He married the woman that gave birth to him and had children with her, ruining his life along with his children’s, and ultimately resulting in the death of Iocaste. If he knew himself and who he truly was, he would have never married his mother or damned the person that killed the king. Oedipus chose to believe that he was not the person that killed the king even after all the signs pointed to him. If he would have just stopped and looked at the bigger picture, then he would have realized that everything he did and everything leading up until that point showed who he truly...
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