Jocasta's Choices In Oedipus Rex

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Oedipus Rex by Sophocles shows the readers that people may want an event to happen, but if it is destined to happen there is no escape or what someone wanted to come out of the event may not happen. When faced with the truth, everyone has options; what matters is not the information revealed, but rather how people choose to deal with reality of how those decisions change lives. Laius and Jocasta’s choices of killing Oedipus on a mountain, and trying to deny his prophecy, that he would kill his father and marry his mother, was dramatically changed when he was saved by a servant. Oedipus wants to be a great king, however his life problems limited his possibilities to rule Thebes. Jocasta tries everything possible so that Oedipus does not find out the truth, however he continues to search and he eventually finds out the truth about his family and childhood, which leads to a lot of tragedy. All of the tragedies that have happened in Oedipus’ life have always started with Laius and Jocasta, and a prophecy.
Laius and Jocasta’s wanting to kill Oedipus was the cause of all of the problems. When Laius and Jocasta heard the prophecy, they were not thinking correctly. Destiny was bound to happen no matter what they did. The servant wanting to keep Oedipus alive rather than dead, made it easier for the prophecy to become true; “I pitied the boy,
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Oedipus had gods that planned for all that happen to him and the people around him, just like we have God that has planned every little part of our lives. As Oedipus has shown the readers, there is no escape from destiny. Destiny will happen no matter what events try to interfere with it. It is better to accept destiny rather than trying to fight it. If Laius and Jocasta would not have tried to fight destiny, then life later on might have been easier for the people of Thebes, and the people in Oedipus’
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