6 November 2014
Oedipus Rex signs of Destiny
In the dramatic tragedy, Oedipus Rex by Sophocles it explains the statements of fate and destiny. There are many examples and essays that agree that the play does give examples of these terms because of what happens throughout the whole play. The examples of how fate or destiny happens are that Oedipus does kill his father Laius and marry his mother Jocasta. Oedipus’s parents tried to beat fate by trying to kill Oedipus but it was not successful, therefore fate or destiny wins by Oedipus killing his father and marrying his mother but not knowing that they were his biological parents. In the following sources that agree that Oedipus Rex was in fact an example of fate or destiny was the reading The Oedipus Complex by Sigmund Freud, he also notices the destiny in the play that Oedipus had face. In the essay, Simple and Complex by Aristotle shows the form of how Oedipus Rex is complex. Sophocles expresses throughout the whole play that it is right to try and shape your future, because you never know when you might have the destiny like Oedipus.
In the essay, The Oedipus Complex it states in the second paragraph, “Oedipus Rex is what is known as a tragedy of destiny” (1001). This is explanatory true because the tragedy is of course the falling action of when Oedipus finds out that he has killed his father and married his mother and wants to kill his mother for giving him up, he eventually kills himself and his mother commits suicide, therefore the tragedy of losing many noble people. The form of destiny is the conflicts of Laius and Jocasta having a son that will soon kill Laius; it is Oedipus’s destiny so to say to kill his father Laius. The essay continues to say, “Oedipus destiny moves us (the readers) only because it might have been ours” (1001-1002). In this statement, what is to believe to be said is that we do not know our destiny, who knows that this can be someone’s destiny today. For example,...