Oedipus is to Blame in Oedipus the King
In the story of Oedipus the King, Sophocles portrays the main character,
Oedipus, as a good natured person that has bad judgment and frailty. Oedipus
makes a few bad decisions and is condemned to profound suffering because of his
pride. I agree with Aristotle that he brings it all on to himself because of
his own personal pride.
One day Oedipus finds out that there is a prophecy that depicts him
killing his father and marrying his mother. The prophecy may have been proven
untrue if he wouldn't have put himself on such a high pedestal. It all started
one day when he met up with King Laius:
Seated in it. The groom leading the horses
Forced me off the road at his lord's command;
But as this charioteer lurched over towards me
I struck him in my rage...I killed him (1.2.764-772).
Oedipus met the King Laius on a bridge and was too proud to let him pass
first, and then the King pushed him out of the way. In a fit of rage, Oedipus
killed him. All the while, an old man, Teiresias, knew that it was King Laius
that Oedipus had killed. Oedipus didn't even know that it was King Laius that he
killed. In the future, when Teiresias tries to convince Oedipus that he is the
killer, Oedipus turns him away and calls him a liar and blames it all on him:
And I'll tell you what I think:
You planned it, you had it done, you all but
Killed him with your own hands: if you had eyes,
I'd say that the crime was yours, and yours alone.
Teiresius is a blind prophet, and it is possible that if Oedipus had listened to
him in the first place, his internal suffering may have been much less severe.
He should have accepted what he had to say as fact no matter how unbelievable.