The Effects Of Selfish Human Nature In Oedipus The King And Hamlet

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Man will always have an innate desire to have what isn’t his. Discontent is a hopeless side effect to human nature, and unfortunately all men deal with it hundreds of instances within a lifetime. What people don’t realize, though, is they are given what they have for a reason. The creator of the universe purposely places things, people, and circumstances in everyone’s life when it is appropriate. When men chase after their own desires, it often results in some sort of consequence. This, the effects of selfish human nature, can be observed in many characters in Oedipus the King and Hamlet. Claudius, a character in the play Hamlet, is the ultimate example of a greedy human being. Claudius was the runner up to being crowned king. His adored …show more content…
O most wicked speed, to post with such dexterity to incestuous sheets! It is not nor it cannot come to good, but break, my heart, for I must hold my tongue” (1.2.154-160). Claudius’s egotistic act caused Hamlet an immeasurable amount of pain. The pain turned into torment when Hamlet found out from the ghost of his deceased father that King Hamlet had been murdered by the one he hated most. Not only did Claudius’s greed take away Prince Hamlet’s father and mother, but he also caused Hamlet to enter into a state of emotional turmoil when he had to decide between honoring his mother and her decision to remarry, and respecting his dead father’s wishes of revenge. Claudius’s crave for power caused him to selfishly take away the physical life of King Hamlet as well as Hamlet’s mental …show more content…
As the king of Thebes, Oedipus cared about the wellbeing of his people. When Thebes was struck with a horrendous plague, Oedipus wanted to know why his people were suffering and how to put an immediate end to it. What he didn’t realize, though, was that he would go down a path of extensive investigation to find out he was the reason Thebes had been cursed. Oedipus was born into a cursed family. When Oedipus was a baby, his parents, Laios and Jokasta, received a prophecy that their little boy would grow up and kill his father and sleep with his mother. In order to save Laios from death and Jokasta from humiliation, they decided to exile Oedipus and leave him to die. They thought their selfish feat would save them from the miserable fate that had been placed upon them, but it didn’t. Oedipus, who was found where his parents had left him with his feet bound, grew up believing he was the son of the king and queen of Korinth. Early on in Oedipus’s life, he experienced an interaction with an oracle that revealed to him his horrific fate. Oedipus was astounded by the news and decided to flee far from his home. However, because people, who were unrelated to him, raised Oedipus, fleeing from them made no difference in his life’s series of unfortunate

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