Essay about The Tragedy Of Oedipus By Sophocles

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Although some may argue Oedipus’ journeys were merely to escape his fate, others would disagree. It would appear in the story Oedipus Rex by Sophocles, Oedipus may have spent a great majority of his life in search of truth. There is no denying he stood a man cursed by the Gods from birth; his life forever marred by a heinous crime committed by his biological father. However, he could not easily be persuaded. Oedipus seldom took anything presented to him at face value; he continuously required concrete evidence before making coming to a conclusion. Generally, cowardly men flee from difficult situations when they are incapable of solving them. Oedipus, on the other hand, stood bold and courageous.
He first began his journey to find truth when he was told by a drunken man at a tavern the man and woman whom he called father and mother were not his actual parents. Certain the drunkard had lied, Oedipus sought the counsel of an oracle for validation. Unfortunately, he was not too thrilled with the news the oracle conveyed to him. Rather than telling him the drunkard had lied, the oracle prophesied he is to kill his father and marry his mother and that she would bear his children. During that era men, particularly royalty, relied on prophecies when making their decisions, as it was the will of the Gods, and thus, they must oblige.
Oedipus was a noble man; who was admired and possibly worshiped as a God by the citizens of his kingdom. The Priest referred him to as “Great Oedipus,…

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