The Tragic Destiny Of Oedipus The King By Sophocles Essay

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The Tragic Destiny of Oedipus
Oedipus the king by Sophocles is a distressing play filled with transgression, grief, and tragedies. The unfortunate incidents that the tragic hero, Oedipus, goes through invoke catharsis in the readers. He has been prophesied a dreadful fortune and feels as though “...no one suffers more than [him]” (Sophocles 27).Foretold destiny cannot be derailed as fate will always interfere and insure that the prophecy is fulfilled. Moreover, every tragic hero has a tragic flaw; rashness and temper are two of the major ones that lead Oedipus to make poor decisions. In addition, many humans use ignorance as a shield to protect themselves from a harsh reality and therefore restrain themselves from the light of true knowledge. A major tragedy occurs when Oedipus unknowingly kills his father, which highlights a part of the prophecy, resulting in his tragic flaw leading to his miserable destiny.
Foretold destiny cannot be derailed as fate will always interfere and insure that the prophecy is fulfilled. For instance, when he reveals his prophecy to Jocasta, he explains that as soon as he was told about it, he “fled away, putting the stars between [him] and Corinth” (Sophocles 47). But little did he know it was fate that had brought him to Thebes not his own free will, it was because of fate that Oedipus and king Laius crossed paths, which lead to Oedipus killing his father and fulfilling the first part of the prophecy. Later on when he hears about the death of…

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