Is Oedipus a Victim of Fate?

Fate the un-avoidable Throughout the vast history of literature, different ideas have actually reoccured. The concept of fate or fatalism has actually been an idea that has actually endured the test of time. Many characters have caught the power of fate and the character of Oedipus from Sophocles’ Oedipus the King is a prime example of the vast power of fate within literature.

Sophocles successfully depicts the wrath of fate as he represents how Oedipus came down with fate and his efforts to disregard fate were useless.

Once again fate handles to triumph and displays no character whether king or slave can avoid its look. One can try to alter his or her fate. Numerous beings have put their whole lives into preventing fate. Even if the strength of the earth and paradise united, what is decree as fate can only manifest itself according to time. Nevertheless, in numerous circumstances one’s fate can be determined prior to the being is even offered life. This is the very scenario Oedipus was unknowingly born into. Before Sophocles would start his play viewers would currently have an idea of the play’s beginning.

The prologue in-depth Oedipus’s increase to king and more significantly his connection with fate. Oedipus was born to Laius King of Thebes and his other half Queen Jocasta. Before his birth Laius and Jocasta were given a threatening message by the god Apollo specifying that their own kid would kill his dad and marry his mother. Right after the revelation of this message, Oedipus was born. In order to prevent his fate, Laius maimed Oedipus’s ankle and provided him to a shepherd advising the shepherd to leave Oedipus to pass away in the mountains. The saying “Dad like Boy” is paradoxically represented here.

Laius did the exact same thing Oedipus attempted throughout the play, avoiding fate. Even while planning his own kid’s demise Laius was simply representing the qualities his own boy would grow to inherit. As Oedipus falters in his clash with fate so does Laius as one discovers in the beginning, Oedipus grows up and unknowingly kills Laius. This successfully follows the course set out by fate and Oedipus blindly follows this path while actively denying it. This denial would sprout into an utter defiance of fate by Oedipus and the outcome would not remain in his favour.

Wisdom is an attribute that can be used in many ways. The most important element of the usage of knowledge is whether it benefits or damages the user. During the play a crucial line is stated by the character Tiresias, the regional prophet. When called upon by Oedipus, Tiresias states, “Knowledge is a dreadful thing when it brings no revenue to its possessor”. This is a really significant statement. It plainly specifies the situation Oedipus puts himself through. Oedipus’s lust for knowledge and thirst for admiration by his topics spells his own demise.

Through constant pressuring by Oedipus, Tiresias reveals Oedipus was the one who eliminated Laius. It seems Oedipus brought upon his own fate through the pestering of Tiresias. The unaccounted element is the reason for Oedipus’s actions. Fate is responsible for a series of plagues that have engulfed Thebes and have actually located Oedipus in a circumstance where he must find the killer of Laius to reverse the plagues. The forcefulness of Oedipus is sustained by fate making sure Oedipus has a viable reason to obtain understanding no matter the consequence.

Once once again Oedipus is accidentally on fates path which just hurt him by its end. Opportunity is a really fascinating concept. The belief things occur unconsciously and by simple luck. In the play possibility is over watched by fate, a pre-determined destiny. A prime example of the contrast between these 2 elements is the arrival of the Corinthian messenger. One can say the messenger came over possibility and luckily discovered Oedipus. Realistically the messenger was just a pawn in the pre-determined plan of fate. The messenger communicates to Oedipus that the king of Corinth, Polybus has actually passed away.

This news over pleasures Oedipus and Jocasta due to the truth fate supposedly mentioned Oedipus would eliminate Polybus his biological daddy. As the couple rejoice and mock the concept of fate, the messenger notifies Oedipus that Polybus was not his biological dad. This is fate playing another hand to ensure Oedipus continues to his pre-determined fate. Fate sent out the messenger and it ensured the messenger clarified Oedipus’s actual origins. This was no representation of opportunity; Oedipus dealt with the cold difficult reality of fate.

Oedipus due to his crazed nature went into a craze to determine who birth parents were. One can understand what follows and how the play climax’s as Oedipus goes to obtain the last piece of knowledge required to seal his fate. Oedipus was blinded by a thirst for knowledge and fate guarantees this blinding becomes a reality. Fate is one word that can have momentous results. No matter what duration of history is examined, fate within literature has actually constantly held importance. Many characters no matter how excellent or prominent have actually fallen into the hands of fate.

Possibly one of the best characters to fall into fates gazed was Oedipus from Sophocles’ play Oedipus the King. Sophocles utilized his mastery of the human mind to portray the truth although Oedipus thought he was all understanding, he unknowingly was always on fates pre-determined course. No matter what Oedipus did his fate had been determined before hand and the concept of fate highlighted no character could avoid it. Fate added another character to its intricate web of pre-determined destinies. Works Cited Knox, Bernard. Oedipus the King Translation: New York: Simon & & Schuster inc. 1994

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