Odepis and His Fate

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Fate the inevitable, seemingly unknown, and tragic demise that we all one day will be forced to face. At least this is the firm belief of the Greeks and their great Playwrights and Philosophers. This belief and the fact that Greek tragic heroes are subject to it, is very obvious in the play Oedipus Rex; I find Oedipus while in some ways the definition of a Greek hero, but to a far greater degree his own worst enemy. Oedipus character in this play is certainly the hero in the eyes of the general audience and reader. He is by no means a bad man but it can’t be said he is a completely good man either. His character was prideful, oblivious, and selfish but at the same time was noble and compassionate. Oedipus is responsible for noble actions such as solving the great Sphinx riddle and ridding a town of a plague that resemble those of a typical hero. Once he becomes of noble status and is awarded the kingship for his deeds his more negative and true character traits begin to show and fuel his downfall. I believe that the commonly miss interpreted heroics of Oedipus were the birth place or at least point of realization of his hubris and hamartia. There is an overwhelming amount of prophecy and fate which comes to fulfillment due to the mentioned fatal traits of Oedipus. Every action taken in an attempt to flee from it resulted in an even faster completion. The fate of Oedipus was that he was to be become blind and to be banished from the land. Along with his horrible fate was an equally tragic prophecy. The prophecy revealed he would be the murderer of his own father, and married to his mother. The fatal flaw of Oedipus being his ignorance and ego blind him from seeing the true consequences of his actions, but he acts as if he knows what he is doing. All through the play this is proven and paired with a cocky pride that becomes more visible for the reader. Robert Kane

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