Oedipus Tyrannus: the Ethic Behind Free Will

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Oedipus Tyrannus: The Ethic behind Free Will The Oedipus story, Oedipus Tyrannus, was written by Sophocles and is heralded by Aristotle as his greatest work. In studying this version of Oedipus myth, one should as why did Sophocles presented the events in a manner as he did. More importantly what brings Oedipus, a great king to his down fall? At first glance, one may claim that Oedipus is given by the gods what he deserves-- he is blinded and cast out from his kingdom because of awful crime and his hubristic actions trying to escape Apollo's oracle. This explanation I find, is lacking in evident in the literature. He is remove from his throne because of his persistent nature and a promise he made to his subject to stop at nothing to find Laius's murderer, and to in keeping that promise. Oedipus as a king could have gone back to his words once he discovered the horrible truth, he however never did. His subject(the Chorus) gave him chances to do so: “I would be mad, / a reckless fool / to turn away my king.” (ll. 693-695) He cast himself out, not his subject nor the gods. We never see the gods appearance which is unique in Sophocles myth. Only through messages through other character is gods will known by Oedipus. This is the first example of a myth to allow free will to act in an ethical and moral manner. Oedipus Tyrannus is written by Sophocles serves to distanced ourselves from gods, a point Sophocles uses to drive home the point: In absences of divine intervention, human are capable of acting in a moral and ethical manner. The Gods are not present in the story at all. While assuming that the gods inflicted Oedipus's suffering just as other greek tragedies leads us to incorrect conclusion. But if we view Oedipus's blinding and banishment not as punishments by the gods but as the logical and moral conclusion we can shed light on the moral structure to

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