Sophocles ' Oedipus The King Essay

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Sophocles Oedipus the King
“The destiny of man is in his own soul”-(Herodotus). In the play, “Oedipus the King” Sophocles depicts the Greek gods as evil and destructive with his use of Apollo. The play demonstrates the tragic fate of Oedipus by making the gods appear evil and powerful. This is crafted in such a way that it shows the forces that sentence the character to a miserable and terrible life based on his regrettable actions. King Oedipus’s life is hence instantly changed when he kills King Laius. The writers Christopher Nassaar and Fosso Kurt’s interpretative claim strongly states that this naive ruler of Thebes Oedipus, is the sole bearer of his own tragic fate; evidently, the sun God Apollo uses his powers to manipulate and create an unnatural force against him that unfortunately leads Oedipus on a path to a self-fulfilling prophecy.
In the play, the king of Thebes, Oedipus is seen as a victim of his fate. However, Oedipus is not innocent at all because he is in control of the reality and his own fate. The writers, Christopher Nassaar, and Fossa Kurt demonstrate that Oedipus is definitely responsible for his own demise since he did not investigate comprehensively after he received the prophecy. Oedipus could control the reality, and he might able to avoid his miserable fate if he has done the investigation. Since Sophocles describes the Greek gods as powerful and harmful, it is apparently true that the sun God Apollo has an unnatural power that can lead humans to…

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