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Oedipus Self-Realization Essay

  • Submitted by: bgoods2313
  • on December 2, 2010
  • Category: English
  • Length: 813 words

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Oedipus Self-realization Essay
The events in “Oedipus the King”, written by Sophocles is about the self-realization concept of fate. Fate is a major role in Oedipus’ downfall. Oedipus is a victim of own fate; he was at fault for his actions. He was destined from birth to marry his mother and murder his father. This prophecy as warned by the oracle of Apollo at Delphi would inevitably come to pass, no matter what Oedipus could have done to avoid these circumstances it would happen. Oedipus’ past actions were determined by his fate. Oedipus is the only character in the play that does not have the insight into the terrible events that have happened in his past. His sudden awareness of the prophecy concerning his mother and father led him to flee from Corinth, ignorant to the fact that he had been adopted. When Oedipus decides to flee from his fate he subconsciously starts to fulfill his predetermined destiny.
On his journey away from his home he is met at a crossroad by oncoming travelers. The travelers stop at Oedipus and try to kill him from not moving out of the way. Oedipus unaware this oncoming traveler is truly the king of Thebes. Oedipus is able to strikes down the two guards with his sword and then unknowingly kills father, the king of Thebes.   He then further travels to the city of Thebes which is cursed by a plague. The only way to release the city by the plague is to solve a riddle. If a person incorrectly answers the riddle they were to be killed. Oedipus knowing the fate of incorrectly answering the riddle decides to answer it anyway. This demonstrates his bravery and tries to solve it. Oedipus succeeds in answering the riddle of the Sphinx and saves Thebes from the plague but this only brings himself closer to his doomed fate.
Oedipus has become known as the man who saved the city and this gives him a chance to meet Jocasta the queen of Thebes. Oedipus and Jocasta are mother and son but do not know this at the time and will soon be married and...

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