Did Oedipus Bring Out His Own Fate To The Light Or Did He Fall Into His Own Unescapable Fate?

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Oedipus a man who’s fate was out to get him, the great king of Thebes formerly prince of Corinth. He had to face many struggles in his life that he had well caused, and even though Oedipus tried to escape his fate by leaving Corinth. His true fate lied in Thebes while Corinth was just an obstacle. Oedipus is a man who in a way caused his own fate to be brought out into the light revealing everything. It was all because of Oedipus determination to figure out who killed the great king before him Laios which had turned out to be his father. Oedipus kept on going and going on how important it was to find out whom truly did it, and even though he couldn’t connect the dots. His wife and soon ...view middle of the document...

71, line 1330) This shows a clear warning to stop looking into the dire situation by Jocasta. However Oedipus didn’t heed his mother and wife’s’ warning which brought about his downfall. Oedipus could have stopped his search for the killer but he had to continue on and find the truth as he had said earlier he would search like it was his own father. Another part in the text which shows how Oedipus brought about his own fate is when the Shepherd said yes. There were prophecies, horrible oracles. She was afraid… Oracles predicting he would murder his father (pg.77 lines 1482 and 1484). This gave Oedipus the great connection that brought his downfall as king to become a vagabond status once again. Oedipus was then exiled by Kreon and Oedipus who had taken his own eyes had a traveler with nothing to his name once again.
Oedipus was a man who didn’t even know who his real family was, he had to struggle in life to find the truth of whom he really was and that caused problems. As it brought out his horrible fate in being the killer of both Laios and sleeping with his own mother. However Oedipus brought out his own fate as he was always trying to figure out who his real family was after that messenger told him the truth. Oedipus could have stopped right there and not have continued with the search for whom gave him birth however being Oedipus he didn’t halt, he continued the search to enlighten himself. As it said “An old man’s life hangs by a fragile thread. Anything can snap it. That poor old man. It was illness then? Illness and old age.” This shows that Oedipus was going to be happy that his fate hadn’t come true however the messenger told him otherwise when he also said “Polybos is nothing to you… Because I gave you to him. With these hands I gave you to him” (pg. 66, line 1217 and pg. 69, line 1289). This proved that Oedipus had to once again fear the great Oracle’s prediction for Oedipus fate as his true mother and father could be anywhere. Oedipus without knowing was in store for one of the biggest discoveries ever that would ruin his life but save Thebes once again. Oedipus continued on for the search for the parents until the messenger told Oedipus that a shepherd had given Oedipus to him, and had found out it was from Laios household the shepherd. From there the shepherd was called for to tell Oedipus about the woman who gave him away. However what was in order for Oedipus was not what he wanted to here. The shepherd had graced the house with his presence and sadly told Oedipus to ask Jocasta about who the baby was from as she had given Oedipus to the shepherd. From that point Oedipus great life and amazing journey to become king of another city was killed off as a tragic hero story. As he had brought out his fate to the light, now everyone knew the truth about Oedipus and the truth was just too much to handle. So Jocasta had killed herself, and Oedipus then stabbed his own eyes out with his wives broaches. Oedipus...

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