Essay Oedipus Rex By Sophocles ' Oedipus

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Sophocles’ play Oedipus Rex shows how people let their emotions control them to the point where they can no longer think rationally. There are many instances where the characters in the play let their emotions cloud their judgement, which leads to the gods punishing them for their actions. King Laius and Queen Jocasta are told that their infant son is fated to kill its father, and couple with its mother, which causes them to panic. They decide to try to prevent this prophecy by leaving him to die on a mountaintop. A servant feels pity for the baby, and gives him away to another king so that he will not have to die. Years later, Oedipus hears the same prophecy about himself, and runs away from home. He ends up in Thebes, and marries the Queen of the city, who turns out to be his biological mother. In the play Oedipus Rex, Oedipus’ inability to control his emotions leads to his downfall. In multiple scenes, Oedipus acts aggressively out of anger, creating many of the problems that he faces later in the play. He also makes rash decisions based on his emotions, and those decisions cause him to suffer. Ultimately, Oedipus ' downfall is caused by letting his curiosity influence his judgement.
Firstly, Oedipus’ temper causes him to make decisions that he would not have made if he were thinking calmly and rationally. Oedipus runs away from Corinth because of a prophecy that he had heard. While he was traveling, he has a run in with an old man, whom he gets into a fight with. He…

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