Oedipus is a man who was avoiding what fate intended for him ended up walking right into it. Oedipus is a man who couldn’t avoid fate and helped his own prophecy of murder and incest come true unknowingly. Fate is unmovable and the story of “Oedipus the King” clearly shows that. To begin with, the prophecy that was told to Oedipus and his real parents was given by prophets and Apollo himself. Apollo, while being the god of light is also the god of prophecy and truth, a prophecy given by a god is seemingly set in stone.
It all seems predestined that Oedipus would end up murdering his father and committing incest with his mother. However from my personal point of view, I think that the whole series of tragic events that had happened in King Oedipus can totally be thwarted. This tragedy could be well avoided from the beginning through the decision made by perhaps his parents or even the different characters in the plot. Ironically, we could also say that it is also the decisions made by these people in various situations that result in the tragedy. I believe that there will be a plot twist even if only one mid-event got changed.
Perhaps this is a reason why Jocasta tells Oedipus of the prophecy of her son murdering his father, leading Oedipus to also share his similar prophecy. Neither character feels the need to remark on the coincidence emphasizing how desperately they do not want to face the truth, contributing to their blindness. Oedipus’s eyes function just fine, however he is entirely blind to the awful fate the gods have placed on him, making it the main topic of blindness, as he was known for his keen insight. By choosing to avoid his destiny, his blindness is first shown making Tiresias his inverse “You, even though you see clearly, do
Even before he was born the prophecies that were sent for his parents about him were not so good. Oedipus was a king who was controlled by his emotions dramatically, but he was still in control of his actions. Although Oedipus had the choice of making his actions; he was not responsible for what his actions led him to, fate worked in a twisted way to teach him and those around him that there’s no escape from it, because fate is unchangeable, predestined and a destination. Each person has a purpose to live for, like the story in the holy Quran about the prophet Yousef whose brothers tried to get rid of and keep him away from their father because he was his dad’s favorite and was chosen by God to be a prophet. Even
The idea of fate is a phenomenon that has been debated on for centuries for what the actual degree of validity may be. Some will argue there is no such thing and others will argue fate is the very thing they live by. It is important to note that in the play Oedipus the King, Sophocles uses the idea of fate to sway the readers ' feelings about Oedipus’ death one way or another. Oedipus makes crucial mistakes in that he commits crimes no person should even after warning from the gods, but also his combination of unethical actions in his kingdom ultimately insures his demise. For someone that made such a minimal effort to avoid this fate handed down by the gods, it is only fitting he suffered the fate he received.
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