Destiny In Oedipus The King

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If prophecies were to be real, a person would expect what will happen in the future. This is a world true idea; at least in “Oedipus the King,” a story by Sophocles about the tragic fate of Oedipus the protagonist, that reaches his own doom unwillingly. His destiny stabs him in the back at the end of the story, resulting in him suffering in the dark leaving him with his problems. Destiny is defined as an event that will eventually happen to a specific person in the future. Oedipus’s destiny leads to his unfortunate conclusion where he separates himself from his kingdom, his children, and his former self. For Oedipus destiny leads to a pathway around the answers to his life and origins.
In Sophocles writing, he uses emotion to convey deeper
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OEDIPUS: Again that horror! You’ll wish you hadn’t said that. TIRESIAS: Shall I say more, and raise your anger higher? OEDIPUS: Anything you like! Your words are powerless. TIRESIAS: You live, unknowing, with those nearest to you in the greatest shame. You do not see the evil. (Sophocles 20.367-372)
In the story, Oedipus and Tiresias argue with each other about the truth of destiny that will occur at the end of the story. In the argument, Oedipus tries to oppose Tiresias words and belief in the truth. Tiresias saying that Oedipus is the killer made matters worse and infuriated Oedipus, giving off more disbelief in the truth. Tiresias is a blind prophet that knows who murdered Laius the father of Oedipus. Oedipus tragic flaw landed when he decides to follow his own desire rather than listening to those nearby him. He does not reflect the consequences of his actions and let’s go becoming careless. He should have been helping the people of Thebes, rather than being distracted to find the truth that leads him suffering in his own destiny. In “Oedipus the King” it states: CREON: What do you want that you should beg me
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Oedipus admits defeat in his own destiny, making him leave Thebes and the people that he once cared for. He tends to ignore the things around him, instead of looking at what is ahead. His doing gives the audience or the reader sympathy for him, giving relation to our own reality. His destiny can be compared to a person in real life who goes around the path of truth. But, ending up in the same path from the beginning that concludes his entire life to be a flaw or a destiny. A great example of this would be a father not telling her daughter the truth about her mother, passing away when she was a baby. Throughout the daughter’s life, she is fed with lies about her mother, but will later find out about her loving mom. The sudden reversal of truth or a change in crisis in “Oedipus the King”, can be seen from the change of heart from protagonist that leads to his destiny. The truth of his destiny was confirmed when Oedipus met the herdsman. The herdsman in the story is the one who found him on the mountainside. He, unfortunately, tells him the bad news that he was the abandoned child, a child of Laius and Jocasta. This news damaged Oedipus that his destiny that was told by Tiresias was real. He was the murderer of Laius and the son that marries his own mother.

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