The Tragedy Of Fate In Sophocles Oedipus The King

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Outline
I. Introduction with thesis
a. The fall of a prideful king to a humbled man
II. Summary of the story including plot and climax
a. Plot – Oedipus discovers that he has fulfilled the prophecy
b. Climax – when he is convinced of his guilt and Jocasta hanged herself
III. Character description including critiques from outside sources
IV. Relationship with other characters in the story
V. Apollos writings and how they relate
VI. Conclusion

Beard 1
Tiffani Beard
N. Risch
English 102
October 4, 2016
The Fall of “Oedipus the King” In Sophocles’ “Oedipus the King” we read of how he accidentally fulfilled a prophecy that he would bring disaster to his city and family by killing his father and marrying his mother. Many consider this story to be a “tragedy of fate, of how human beings are totally preordained” (Nassaar 147). Some believe “what happened to Oedipus happened because it was cruelly fated” (Fosso 26). While “others have argued that Oedipus is responsible for his own
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This is seen by Oedipus’ attempt to avoid a tragedy is the very thing that brings it to fruition. This is known as a self-fulfilling prophecy. However Oedipus did make his own choices that eventually led to the prophecy’s fulfillment. He decided to leave for Thebes which led to a series of events that led to his own tragic destiny. Even though this is considered to be a tragedy, by the end of the play some order is restored. Creon, the brother of Jocasta, becomes king and takes over the throne. I believe the friendship between the two of them is reconciled because before going off to exile Oedipus ask Creon to take care of his children. Although Oedipus made some bad choices that led to his destiny, he was a man that believed in justice and truth. He could have stopped searching at any moment for the truth but instead he pushed forward demanding to know and thus sealing his own tragic

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