The Tragic Tragedy Of Sophocles ' Oedipus Rex Essay

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Around 430 B.C., an Athenian tragedian, Sophocles, wrote the play Oedipus Rex. Capturing the complexity of human consciousness, Sophocles pitted fate and free will against one another in order to make the tragic fall of Oedipus impactful to the audience by invoking a sense of pity and sadness for his character. It can be argued that in this play, individual free will instead of fate was the dominant factor that made Oedipus a tragic hero because of his sharp decline from beloved king to disgraced murderer. Fate can be defined in numerous ways, according to Sophocles; it had “terrible power. You cannot escape it by wealth or war. No fort will keep it out, no ships out run it.” (Antigone, Sophocles) This is relevant to Oedipus because when he first heard of the oracle at the Delphi from Apollo, he left Corinth for good, in order to prevent himself from killing his mother and sleeping with his mother. This is unsuccessful because of the lack of necessary information Oedipus received in regards to his parents. Nonetheless, fate appears in the beginning of the play, when Creon, Oedipus’ brother in law, returns with the news that the only way end the plague Thebes is suffering though is to find the murderer of the former King Laius and bring him justice. Within this scene, the audience is aware of how essential the dialogue between Oedipus and Creon is because it forces Oedipus to leap into action and find the murderer, cursing him no less. Stating, “I order you, every citizen of…

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