Oedipus The King

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Carter 1 Jack Carter 10/21/10 English 112 Essay 1 Oedipus the King: A True Tragedy “Oedipus the King” is a classic Greek play written by the very talented and imaginative Sophocles. This play is labeled as a tragedy because Oedipus, unknowingly, kills his father and marries his mother. In this story, I have come to find that fate is not responsible for the tragedy that occurs. The events responsible for this tragedy are the sum of character flaws and the actions taken by each character. The first character flaw responsible for the tragedy is king and queen of Thebes’ (Oedipus’ parents’) belief in an oracle about their son. The prophecy told by this oracle said that their son would grow up to kill his father and marry his mother. In order to try to prevent this from happening, Iocaste and Laios pierced the child’s feet, tied them together, and instructed their servant to leave the child in the wilderness to die, which is the second character flaw. In the text, the shepherd explains everything to Oedipus. “If you must be told, then…/They said it was Laios’ child/I was told to get rid of it/It was said that the boy would kill his own father”(56-62). Carter 2 The third character flaw responsible for the tragedy is Oedipus’ constant desire to solve every problem he his faced with. In the text, Oedipus is insistent on solving the problem of the plague. After he sends Creon to find answers, he exclaims, “Yet whenever he comes back, I should do ill/To scant whatever duty God reveals” (79-80). After Creon brings him news of how to solve the problem, he tells the crowd “I will do all that I can” (147). The fourth character flaw is that Oedipus killed someone. If Oedipus had not chosen to commit murder, he would not have killed his father. In the text, Oedipus explains that in the conflict where he killed the highwaymen, he was driving his chariot along, and
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