the tragedy

Topics: Sophocles, Oedipus, Oedipus the King Pages: 2 (495 words) Published: October 23, 2013

“The tragedy”

Is the tragedy of Oedipus Rex’s downfall the fact that he beds his mother, and killed his father? Or is the fact the he did these things unwittingly. Oedipus a wise ruler and a good man in many ways was doomed from his self, from birth. This is what Sophocles would refer to as a hamartia, or tragic flaw. Oedipus refers to the people of his country as his children, the people are aware that as a the king he is kind however he is overwhelmingly filled with so much pride that he is blind. When Oedipus responded to the deltaic oracles, he was not aware that he would be the one to meet his personal demise, he was blinded by pride. His parents, Jocasta and king Linus, were completely unaware that Oedipus would be the one that would ravish and fulfill the prophecy that the oracle saw, because they were told by an oracle the he would kill his father and bed his mother they casted him out and bound his feet. Hence his name Oedipus. Oedipus then left the place of his birth in Corinth. Oedipus because he responded to the deltaic oracles, he was not aware that he would be the one to kill his father Linus and the wed his mother Jocasta, have four children Antigone, Ismene, Eteocles, Polyneices. Tiresias, the blind profit did not want Oedipus to know how the dreadful knowledge was going to impact him, however when Oedipus found out the truth he screamed out to the heavens never have my eyes seen the horrible things that I have seen all of the things that I have done. The ignorance that a person like Oedipus would allow him-self to surpass is only limited to the amount of ignorance that one can subdue him-self to. The dramatic irony is the he pronounced his own sentence from the beginning. He want so much to see the truth that in the end he asked and received exactly what he asked for absolute truth. Moreover in keeping the keeping the daughters and his sons from the misery that boor them, he served his own eyes so that he could no...
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