The Consequences Of Fate In Oedipus Rex

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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 …show more content…
The truth which will help the city of Thebes, the name of the murderer of Lauis, the former king of Thebes, and Oedipus was right to seek the truth. The kingdom of Thebes was in trouble, there is a plague that has descended upon the entire city, and there was death everywhere. Oedipus was in search of the name, so his city can be rid of the plague that hurts the lands and the citizens with in them. Teiresias was the prophet that knew the name on the murderer but he did not want to tell to tell Oedipus. But as king Oedipus, it was his job to protect his land so when Teiresias did not tell him obediently, Oedipus had to threaten Teiresias to get the …show more content…
Oedipus had a right to know who he was, so when he confronted Jocasta in scene three, Oedipus had a right conscience. It was told that Oedipus was a man from Corinth, son of king Polybos and Queen Merope however this was not true. As the play progressed it had become clear that Oedipus was living in a lie and there was a deeper truth hidden in the play. When Oedipus was in his purist of the truth Jocasta, his wife tries to stop him from finding the truth. Jocasta told Oedipus, “Listen to me, I beg you: do not do this thing! / Everything that I say is for your own good!” (Scene III. 145. 148.) Even though Jocasta was only trying to protect Oedipus, from what he might find, she did not Oedipus to be miserable when he finds the truth. Even so it was Oedipus’s right to know the truth of his birth. In truth Oedipus was the son of the king and queen of Thebes, Lauis and Jocasta. In “Oedipus Rex”, Oedipus the king of Thebes goes through major conflict with his fate and within the conflict there are events with conflicts of their own. Even though Oedipus could not get away from his fate, Oedipus still had his own will when he faced the events, when Oedipus killed Lauis, believed in oracles, demanding the truth from Tieresias, and confronting Jocasta. Oedipus’s actions were all reasonable when he believed in oracle, demanded

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