Oedipus Analysis

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Oedipus Analysis In the play of Oedipus, Sophocles creates characters that are struck by tragedy that had been brought upon them by fate. Because of the fate set up for Oedipus by the gods, he ended up killing his father and marrying his mother, not knowing that his father was his father or the king, and not aware that he was marrying his mother by marrying the queen. Upon learning that he has in fact lived out the prophecy set by the gods, Oedipus blinds himself and Iocaste kills herself. The difference between the reactions of Iocaste and Oedipus tells a lot about their characters, and emphasizes their differences. Oedipus’s choice to not kill himself, but to blind himself and be exiled shows both his nobility and pride, and this choice affects the reader’s response to Oedipus in that it brings more pity to the character. When Oedipus chooses to not kill himself, he is choosing the worst punishment he can possibly give himself. This punishment includes having to live with the mess that he created, be exiled from the land that he helped to save, and never be able to see his children again. The punishment that he chooses to inflict upon himself shows two very prominent characteristics that Oedipus has. One being that he is very prideful and the other that he is very noble. It suggests that he is prideful because in learning all of the knowledge that he had been oblivious to, he automatically assumes that everything that happened happened because of his actions and no one else was to blame for what happened. He is convinced that everything is his fault and he is the cause of every problem even though it was out of his control and he didn’t have any knowledge of the implications for the choices that he was making. This shows a very strong sense of pride that he believes everything that happens is because of him and no one else could’ve affected it in any way.
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