Is Oedipus Responsible For His Downfall Analysis

Register to read the introduction… However, if they did not believed in oracles and prophecies they should have stayed with their son, Oedipus. If we think about it, it was pure coincidence that Oedipus kill his father. In fact, by going away from Corinth he was trying to defeat his fate. Nevertheless, he didn't knew that his real father was Laius and not Polybus.

As I said before, even though he is not the only one to blame for his downfall, he is the major person responsible for his ruin. Oedipus is responsible for his own downfall because of his ability to solve riddles. He was the one that saved the city of Thebes from the Sphinx by answering the puzzle. If he had never answer the riddle he would not have been named the King of Thebes. Tiresias says to Oedipus that his ability to solve riddles was his own ruin. In this case he would not have sleep with his mother. However, he has already killed his own father, nevertheless, he would never know that.

He is also responsible because of his detective
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We can clearly see this when Tiresias tells him what is to come and Oedipus refuse to listen to him because Oedipus believe that Tiresias was not saying the truth and the whole thing was a conspiracy made by Tiresias and Creon against him. "Creon! Is this conspiracy his or yours?" (Line 431) "If the two of you had never put heads together, we would never have heard about my killing Laius." (Line 639) Oedipus brought his fate upon himself by a combination of pride, ignorance and willpower. However, Tiresias states it as an act of fate when he says "What will come will come. Even if I shroud it all in silence." (Line

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