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Destiny, Fate, Free Will And Free Choice In Oedipus The King Role Of Fate

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The Role of Fate in Oedipus the King

In Oedipus the King, one can easily see the tragedy that comes when Oedipus lives out fate, although not of his own intentions. Oedipus did everything in his own power in order to keep the prophecies from being fulfilled. One might even say that Oedipus ran from fate. Webster defines tragedy as "a medieval narrative poem or tale typically describing the downfall of a great man". Oedipus the King is certainly a tragedy, and as Dr. Lucas states in his blog, Character V. Fate, it is the definitive tragedy (p.2). It is difficult to see Oedipus as a "bad" man. In order for the story to be considered a tragedy, Oedipus must have been a "great" man. Of course he made some poor choices, but most of his "sins" were out of ignorance.

Martin Revermann writes, "Oedipus is surrounded by two crucial figures from his nebulous past. To them he owes his life: decades ago the Theban slave, finding himself unable to obey his orders to expose the baby on Mount Citaeron, handed Oedipus to his fellow-shepherd from Corinth, who then passed him on to the Corinthian royal house. To them Oedipus also owes his sufferings, past, present, and future." (Revermann p. 4). Of course it is not possible to completely absolve Oedipus from blame, but one can certainly understand much of his wrongdoings that he later so severely punished himself for. Dr. Lucas says in Character V. Fate that Oedipus "ultimately takes responsibility for his actions" ( Lucas p. 2). Only a great man would take responsibility for a wrongdoing that he had been able to get away with for so long. It had been years before when Oedipus killed Laius. He was able to marry and have children with Jacosta. Oedipus felt that it was his duty as King to uncover the reason behind the plague that was hurting the people in his Kingdom. Oedipus took responsibility and probably punished...

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