Oedipus' Fate

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Oedipus wants to figure out who killed Laius, the pervious king of Thebes. Whoever killed him would be banished. Oedipus sends for Tiresias, the prophet, to tell him who did such an evil act. Tiresias sarcastically tells him “…You are the murderer you seek” (Oed. 367). Oedipus then blames Creon, his brother-in-law, for the crime. Jocasta convinces him to calm down and tells him that Laius was killed at a cross roads by many men. Only one man survived and Oedipus wanted to see him. When the herdsman arrived, he told Oedipus that it was only one man who killed Laius, not many. This makes Oedipus wonder if he did the crime. Later, a messenger came to tell Oedipus that his father had passed. Oedipus thought he killed him because his father missed him so much. The messenger told him that he died of old age and that Oedipus was not his father’s biological son. Oedipus now realizes that his fate has come true. He did kill his father, Laius, he did marry his mother, and he did have children with her. Jocasta hanged herself because the oracle had come true. Oedipus blinded himself and exiled himself for being Laius’ murderer. Fate a prophetic declaration of what must be. It is inescapable. Oedipus could not escape from his fate no matter what he did. He had to kill his father, marry his mother, and have children with her. Laius brought this curse upon Oedipus because he rapped and killed a future king. When Oedipus found out about his fate he ran away from home so he would not kill his father but ended up killing him without knowing it. He married his mother after defeating the sphinx. He had four children with Jocasta, two girls and two boys. He tried to run from his fate but ran into it instead. The Greeks believed the gods controlled their fate. It angered the gods if anyone tried to change their fate. When Oedipus was younger, he went to Phoebus to find out his fate.

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