The Tragedy Of Oedipus The King Essay

897 Words Mar 6th, 2016 4 Pages
A God At Fault
At times of tragedy and the loss of innocent people, a question frequently asked by the population is, “why do bad things happen to good people?” The Greeks have demonstrated the meaning behind a man’s inevitable fate and why at times it may seem like tragedies are formed by one’s personal actions through the story of Oedipus the King. Aristotle has defined the meaning of the perfect tragic hero to be one “whose fall into misfortune is the result not of bad deeds or evil character but of some mistake” (704) and the primary example of that would be Oedipus. Oedipus was labeled as the “perfect” tragic hero for his attempt to defy the fate brought upon him by the gods but inevitably following through with it. It is essentially his own fault because his it was his actions and his decisions that lead him down the path of his downfall as he states in his speeches and actions that the play establishes to the readers.
Oedipus tragic fall began when an oracle was sent to warn him about his actions in the future, that he would eventually murder his father and marry his mother. Not knowing who his biological parents were, he went out on this quest to avoid this fate, which he then realizes these events were inevitable. The root of his problem with fate and the gods began with his own decisions. Oedipus met his father, Laios, not knowing who he really was at the time at the area where three roads met, symbolic to a decision. As he stood at the crossroads, he was given a…

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