Essay on Oedipus The King : A Tragedy Of Destiny

1153 Words Oct 15th, 2014 5 Pages
Sigmund Freud says, “Oedipus Rex is what is known as a tragedy of destiny. Its tragic effect is said to lie in the contrast between the supreme will of the gods and the vain attempts of mankind to escape the evil that threatens them. The lesson…submission to the divine will and realization of his own impotence.” (Freud 132). Freud explains the reality in the story of Oedipus the King. Oedipus is not to blame for his fate, but he is to blame for the conclusion from his attempts to stop his fate. Oedipus the King, written by Sophocles, is a story of unstoppable fate. Sophocles explains the outcome of Oedipus after his parents abandon him to avoid his inevitable fate, and when Oedipus decided to be ignorant when given hints to his true identity. Oedipus is not to blame for his fate, but he is to be blamed fully, for the conclusion of the story of Oedipus the King. As stated in the Introduction of Oedipus the King, “… Apollo told Laius that he would be killed by his own son, and later told Oedipus that he would kill his father and marry his mother.” (Sophocles 135). This is the fate that was told to the parents of Oedipus when he was just born, so to avoid dying or marrying her own son, the parents of Oedipus, Laius and Jocasta, planned to abandon Oedipus with pinned ankles and ordered for him to be killed. Although this may be viewed as a way to avoid fate from Jocasta and Laius’ point of view, this actually led to a worse outcome of fate that anyone could have imagined. If…

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