Oedipus the King
Oedipus The King; Did the prophecy cause his fate? Undoubtedly there has been a tremendous quantity of speculation and dissection of this play by numerous people throughout the ages. I can just draw my own conclusions regarding what Sophocles intended the significance of his play to be. The drama included a number of dreadful and unimaginable ethical and ethical dilemas, but I believe that was what made the play so interesting and that is precisely the method Sophocles meant it to be. The play was undoubtedly implied to amuse and represent the author’s own insight.
The hidden theme to the play is that no guy needs to understand his own fate, it will become his undoing. This understanding of things to come was presented to both Laius and Oedipus in the kind of predictions well in advance of it happening. The predictions told of things that were so ethically troubling that they both aggressively did whatever in their power to try and stop them from becoming a reality. The story starts with Oedipus at the height of power as King of Thebes. His kingdom has encountered rough times and he has actually sent his nobleman Creon to seek assistance from the god Apollo to restore his land.
Creon informs Oedipus that he need to discover the killer of the previous King Laius and by finding this male and eliminating him, his land will be restored. The murder happened some time back and King Oedipus sends out for the seer Theiresias with his powers of prophecy to aid in the look for the murderer. Sophocles skillfully forecasts his feelings on wisdom and knowledge through Teirsias when he states “Alas, how terrible is knowledge when it brings no profit to the man that’s wise! “( 23) Teirsias knows that this dreadful prediction has actually currently been set into movement and the damage has actually already been done.
There is actually no point in informing it to Oedipus due to the fact that it will only cause more harm than good. Oedipus provokes Teirsias into informing him the prophecy,” I tell you, king, this male, this murderer-he is here. In name he is a stranger amongst residents but soon he will be shown to be a citizen real native Theban, and he’ll have no delight of the discovery: blindness for sight and beggary for riches his exchange, he shall go journeying to a foreign nation tapping his way befor him with a stick.
He shall be proved dad and brother both to his own children in his house: to her that gave him birth, a child and spouse both: a fellow sower in his daddy’s bed with that exact same dad that he murdered. “( 30 ). King Oedipus is infuriated and sends out the seer away, not recognizing that the prophecy was referring to him. Before Oedipus was born, King Laius was told of the prediction “and it informed him that it was fate that he must pass away a victim at the hands of his own son.” (41 ). This caused him to cast his newborn kid Oedipus to die.
In his mind this would definitely prevent the prediction from coming true. His son, Oedipus was taken pity upon by a Shepard who covertly delivered him to the King in Corinth who enjoyed to raise Oedipus because he might not produce a successor of his own. Oedipus was never warned that he was not raised by his natural moms and dads. Then one day he was informed of the prophecy, “Phoebus foretold other and desperate scaries to befall me, that I was fated to lie with my mother, and reveal to daytime an accursed breed which males would not endure, and I was doomed to be killer of the daddy that begot me.
When I heard this I got away, and in the days that followed I would determine from the stars the location of Corinth-yes, I got away to someplace where I ought to not see fulfilled the infamies told because dreadful oracle. “( 45 ). Is it possible for Oedipus to have grown up with his natural moms and dads and then kill his dad? Yes it is, but it is unlikely. The part of the prophecy that would not have actually happened is weding his mother and becoming dad and sibling to his children.
Sophocles, through his characters makes it extremely clear through repetition of the prophecies throughout the story and the reactions to these words that this was as socially undesirable in his time as much as it is today. No one of this time would have tolerated this union nor is it likely that Jocosta or Oedipus would have pursued it. The reason I think it to be so appealing is that Sophocles utilized sensationalism to get peoples attention, much in the same way that we still do today. This is the reason daytime talkshows are so successful.
Talk reveals constantly appear to have some absurd and socially unacceptable subject which is clearly out of the standard. This is what attracts people. I make sure that when audiences gathered to enjoy the play from its very first discussion, that many an eyebrow was raised upon hearing the first prediction in its entirety. Really similar to the method mine did when I first read it. The curiosity installs as you ask the concern, how could that ever happen? Then as you go even more into the reading you understand, long prior to Oedipus, that the prophecy mentions him. The incredible thing is that, it is as if Oedipus is the last to know.
Obviously like anybody in his position he is blinded by rejection and the false sense that it couldn’t be about him since he had actually taken measures to make sure the prediction would never take place. Upon hearing the prediction, the chain of events are set into movement and becomes truth for both Laius and Oedipus. Some might say that Sophocles was trying to communicate that you can not change your fate, however I believe that he was attempting to leave the audience with this thought to contemplate, If this knowledge of things to come were never ever told, would this story have occurred?