Oedipus Rex Essay

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Grade 11 IB English | Work In Translation Essay “Oedipus Rex” | Oedipus’ adamant and presumptuous character pushes himself to make the wrong choices, making him responsible for fulfilling his own fate. | | Kevin Jang | 1/22/2013 | In Sophocles’ play Oedipus Rex, many questions arise on the topic of fate and freewill. In the play, fate and freewill are portrayed as two contrasting ideas, yet one would likely not exist without the other. Tiresias, a blind soothsayer, has given Oedipus a horrible fate, and Oedipus does everything in his power to make certain that his prophecy does not come true. Little does the reader know, Oedipus’ adamant and presumptuous character pushes himself to make the wrong choices, making him responsible for fulfilling his own fate. Although other characters and Oedipus himself may believe that it was “fate” that brought this horror upon him, the reader and the audience is fully aware by the end of the play that Oedipus is the one responsible for this outcome. Oedipus’ downfall caused by this theme can be traced back to the crossroad encounter with Laius, his questioning to Tiresias, and at the end of the play. The audience never sees the encounter between Oedipus and Laius at the crossroad. However, the encounter characterizes Oedipus’ character. It identifies his aggressive and poor disciplined nature, which proves to be a step that brings him closer to his prophecy. The crossroad can act as a metaphor. Much like the quotes that begin with, “When you come to a fork in the road…” Oedipus has come to a crossroad in a day of his life where he has to make a decision on what to do. Some may even argue that there was no need to act upon the encounter of the two, and that Oedipus created another path, via his personality, in this crossroad. Oedipus could have chosen the option to ignore the heated exchange and continue on his

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