Oedipus Essay

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Sigmund Freud once stated that “Oedipus Rex is a tragedy of fate.” In Sophocles’ tragedy Oedipus the King, Oedipus is a victim due to a horrible prophecy foreseen by the God Apollo. As a child, Oedipus was left for dead with his feet bound to the ground; (his name means swollen foot). As he grew up and found out this prophecy, he tried everything in his power to avoid it. Confused about his adoptive parents, he flees the city of Corinth to avoid his fate and makes way to the city of Thebes to start a new life. Because Oedipus did everything in his power to avoid his fate and prove the prophecy false, he was a tragedy of fate, not of his choices which proves Mr. Freud’s statement correct. To begin, Oedipus’ parents immediately tried to rid themselves of their son after news of the prophecy of him killing his father and marrying his mother. He was left for dead with his feet bound to the ground when a Shepard decided to save him. It is not even Oedipus’ fault that he was saved which makes Freud’s point that much more acceptable. After being interrogated by Oedipus, the Shepard finally gives up the information that Jocasta was the one who gave him the baby. “In pity, master. I thought he would take it away to a foreign country-to the place he came from.” (69) The Shepard reluctantly admits that he saved the baby and that it is his fault that he saved one of the most unfortunate of men, Oedipus. As he grows up Oedipus lives a fulfilled life with his adoptive parents by the names of Merope and Polybus. Oedipus is unaware of his adoption but is nonetheless raised as one of their own. As Oedipus gains knowledge of his fate, he willingly flees the city of Corinth to avoid the possibility of it coming true. It shows that Oedipus is doing all in his power to avoid his fate; his biggest flaw is that he is unknowledgeable of his existence, not his actions. As Oedipus

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