The Reflection Of Oedipus Rex By Sophocles

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Oedipus Rex by Sophocles My initial reaction to the play was pity for Oedipus’ fate and disbelief at the harsh punishments he had to give himself of exile and blindness. Since Oedipus proclaimed that if the murderer of King Laïos was his guest and if he had anything to do with the death he would be punished as well, Oedipus had to punish himself in the end. Pity was all I felt when everything came in a full circle and Oedipus found out that he had done what he had tried so very hard to prevent; kill his father, marry his mother. The fact that Oedipus lost everything added to the sadness at the end of the play. Oedipus also gave himself the extra punishment of blindness so that he would not have to see the fruits of his sins. I was greatly affected by the scene when Oedipus gauged his eyes out after looking at his dead wife and mother. I also felt sorry for Oedipus’ children because of all they would have to…show more content…
Oedipus showed his arrogance as he shouted “You sightless, witless, senseless, mad old man!” (pg 19) to Teiresias. Oedipus then showed his disregard of the gods by mocking Teiresias’ birds and saying “What good were they? Or the gods, for the matter of that?” (pg 21). Oedipus even started to blame Creon as a conspirator, which further showed that being the King of Thebes was getting to his head. Teiresias was also used to foreshadow what was going to happen to Oedipus, as he said “A blind man, who had his eyes now; a penniless man, who is rich now” (pg 23). In the end, the power of the gods, fate, and oracles was shown through the Oedipus’ misfortunes. Fate began to play its part as soon as King Laïos tried to disprove the oracle that said his son would kill him. Though there were times in the play when Oedipus and Iocaste both did not believe in the oracles, they came true in the

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