Accordingly, this play sends a strong message of fate and free will to the audience. Oedipus’ free will to pursue knowledge of his identity is significant; fate is responsible for Oedipus’s incest and many of the other devastating events in the play. By the importance of fate, Sophocles sends a message across that his characters cannot be fully responsible for their actions. A perfect example of this is blaming Oedipus for marrying mother. His ignorance was his flaw leading to his downfall, fulfilling the prophecy he “tried” so hard to avoid.
After he realizes the terrible acts he has committed, he exiles himself and takes out his own eyes. In Oedipus Rex, Oedipus blames himself for everything bad that has happened. Since he murdered his father and had children with his mother, he is convinced that he ruined the lives of all his children as well as being responsible for the death of Jocasta. Oedipus believed that he had tainted Thebes forever because of his wrongdoings. He then proceeds to exile and mutilate himself, feeling this was the punishment he deserved.
When Oedipus asks why this case was not investigated the people respond that they were too busy trying to solve the sphinx’s riddle. Oedipus vows that no matter what the cost is, he will get to the bottom of it, both because it harmed Thebes and Laius was noble and loyal. Oedipus calls upon Teiresias, the blind prophet, and forces him to reveal what he knows of the murder. Teiresias reluctantly tells Oedipus that he killed his father and sleeps with his mother. Oedipus accuses him of lying on Creons behalf so Creon could kill Oedipus and take the throne.
Here Oedipus is angered at Tiresias because Tiresias is claiming that Oedipus is “the corruption of the land!” (line 401). This is important because it helps the reader to see how Oedipus’ arrogance is shoving away these accusations against him until he hears the truth from the real source. A second instance of situational irony occurs when Jocasta and Oedipus are talking about the murder of Laius. “son was doomed to kill my husband… my son… he never had a chance to kill his father. They destroyed him first.” (lines 945-947).
There are several themes in Oedipus as well. The major theme is pride is destructive. Oedipus, Laius and Jocasta are all eventaully brought to ruin by their own pride and conceit.Odipus makes several comments throughout the play demonstrating this such as "I stopped te Sphinx. With no help of the birds, the flight of my own intelligence hit the mark." Jocasta also displays arrogance and mocks the Gods.
'I do believe the creatures both are mad, one lately crazed, the other from her birth' (Sophocles 141) In this quote Creon is calling both Antigone and Iseme crazy for feeling sorrow for their brothers death.This displays hubris because he is being ignorant as he is filled with excessive pride. Creon was so insolent towards the two sisters tjay he didn't even understand that they lost a member of their own flesh and blood. Creon also portrays hubris toward the blind prophet. “Do you forget to whom you say it?” (Sophocles, 154) In this quote Creon is asking Teiresias If he forgets who he is talking to. Creon shows hubris because he asks this to Teiresias because he is king and has excessive pride.
The reporter wants the reader to sympathise for the double killer Robert Harris. He says “gurgled and gasped for air as the cyanide gas choked the life from him” The reporter has used strong emotive language to emphasize the pain harris went through. In the article the reporter clearly wants to make the reader feel like Harris was killed in the worst way possible. The writer states “If you asked me i’d say that was not a clean humane way to die “ this makes the reader feel like it was a horrible way to die and he wouldn’t report on it again. In the article I see a killer die the reporter wanted us to be in favour of Harris when he wrote “We had heard he had broken down and cried to a guard shortly before he was tied to the chair with leather straps” This makes the reader feel as if Harris was remorseful towards the victims families.
Oedipus’s choice to not kill himself, but to blind himself and be exiled shows both his nobility and pride, and this choice affects the reader’s response to Oedipus in that it brings more pity to the character. When Oedipus chooses to not kill himself, he is choosing the worst punishment he can possibly give himself. This punishment includes having to live with the mess that he created, be exiled from the land that he helped to save, and never be able to see his children again. The punishment that he chooses to inflict upon himself shows two very prominent characteristics that Oedipus has. One being that he is very prideful and the other that he is very noble.
In his rage, Oedipus kills the old man and his fellow travelers. Later on in the play, Oedipus’ excessive pride blinds him to advice and makes him deaf to the help of those closest to him especially Creon, when Oedipus says, “do you think I do not know the you plotted to kill me, plotted to steal my throne? Tell me in God’s name: am I a coward, a fool, that you dream you could accomplish this?” (Oedipus Rex 28). This quote shows how Oedipus’ pride makes him deaf to
John Proctor's fatal flaw was his great amount of pride, and that slowly tied a series of unfortunate events which eventually made John Proctor succumb to his death. Unfortunately, Proctor dies for a crime he did not commit. Another necessary part of the tragic hero is that he or she has a complete reversal of fortune brought by the hero's own flaw. Proctor's life completely turned upside down when Abigail accused his loved ones who then were sent to jail, or executed. At the end of every tragic play, the audience must feel pity or remorse for the deceased hero.