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Oedipus The Kinf Essay

  • Submitted by: taylor1992
  • on November 14, 2010
  • Category: English
  • Length: 1,409 words

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Throughout the play, Oedipus the King, we can see an underlying correlation between a person’s free will existing within the oracles and God’s will or fate. Free will would mean a man was free to choose his actions, but was ultimately held responsible for the path one chooses. Both the concept of fate and free will played a crucial role in Oedipus’ journey to his ultimate demise. Although a victim of fate, Oedipus was not controlled by it. Oedipus was destined from the day he was born to one day marry his own mother and to murder his own father. This prophecy, as warned by the oracle, was unconditional and inevitably would come true, regardless of what anyone may have done to try and avoid it. His past actions were determined by fate, but what he did in Thebes, he did so of his own will and because of it caused his own death and personal banishment. Oedipus had no control over his past, leading him to be a victim of his own self. All of his actions were to benefit the Thebians and to help revive the city. Oedipus was innocent of all crimes other than those of which were promised to him from birth. His charitable actions however, led to his ultimate downfall.
From the beginning of this tragedy, Oedipus made choices leading him to his own downfall. Though Oedipus had good and pure intentions from the beginning, the consequences of his actions just led to the revelation of his past and then ultimately his own defeat. Instead of simply being patient and waiting for Thebes to recover, Oedipus, out of compassion for the city, had Creon go to Delphi to speak with an Oracle. Instead of calmly furthering his investigation the murder of King Laius, Oedipus furiously curses the murderer, and unknowingly curses himself as well. Oedipus had already fulfilled his prophecy, but his own delusion of reality led him, unknowingly, straight to his doom. Though Oedipus did committed horrific deeds in wedding his mother and murdering his own father, his own downfall was brought on...

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