Oedipus The King Of Oedipus Essay examples

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Throughout “Oedipus Rex”, the king of Thebes, Oedipus faces against his fate and the events that are thrown at him. Even though Oedipus could not get away from his fate, he still had his free will to make his own decisions. When Oedipus killed Lauis, believed in oracles, demanding the truth from Tieresias, and confronting Jocasta, Oedipus had control over his actions he however did not know if he was making the right or wrong choices. Oedipus’s actions believing in oracle, demanding the truth from Tieresias, and confronting Jocasta were all reasonable, however when Oedipus killed Lauis, it was unreasonable. In “Oedipus Rex” scene II, Oedipus describes his meeting with an old man, who he presumes to be Lauis; former king of Thebes, this conflict was between Oedipus and Lauis. Oedipus was on his journey to get away from the kingdom of Corinth, and it was there at the place where the three highways meet, where Oedipus saw them. He saw people on the road heading towards the direction he was leaving behind, there was a chariot, and the old man, Lauis was inside of it. Oedipus then says “The groom leading the horses/ Forced me off the road at his lord’s command,” (Scene I. 280-281.) with this act alone was enough to make Oedipus to become filled with range. Oedipus first struck the charioteer, then afterwards headed towards Lauis, knocked him out of the chariot and killed him. Even though Oedipus that this time did not know who the old man was, but still it does not justify…

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