Oedipus the King Essay

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Evaluate the ways in which the playwright of your set text presents important ideas in the play. Can being too prideful be your downfall? Does fate limit your paths? Does fate and free will work hand in hand to make an individual’s destiny? Can those who see really be the blind one? Good morning, my name is Samira Hussaini and I will be talking about Oedipus the King by Sophocles. The playwright, Sophocles, has successfully presented important ideas in the play Oedipus the King such as pride, fate and free will and also blindness by creating an interwoven plot with unique events and complex circumstances. We later discover that Oedipus’s pride and self-determination to seek out the truth relate directly to his downfall. Fate and free will shows how his parent’s choice sets his destiny and pathways without Oedipus having a say in the matter. This also highlights the irony of blindness. This is explored by Sophocles in Oedipus the King through dramatic techniques and manipulation of events and consequences which will be evaluated throughout this speech. Firstly, pride is a major concept in Oedipus the King and also self-determination to seek and pursue is portrayed as the equivalent of self-injury. Oedipus’s pride that drives him to be determined to seek out the truth of his identity and Laius’s murder is seen as a courageous action by the people of Thebes but ends up being Oedipus’s downfall. The priest’s words in first person ‘My sovereign lord and king’ shows that the people of Thebes think positively of Oedipus. Sophocles has demonstrated that yes, with self-determination you can achieve your goals but sometimes the consequences can be harmful. This is demonstrated in the dialogue by Oedipus “Scandalous reputation” in the listening extract and the play Oedipus discovers the truth. The repetition of ‘Dark, dark’ said by Oedipus emphasises that that’s what his

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