Oedipus


Oedipus
Even though “fate” seems to determine Oedipus’ life, he does, in fact, have a free will.

His choices brought the prophecy to life. Only his decisions (not influenced by anybody) he made. Of course those decisions were in side of the limits set by fate. When Oedipus heard a prophesy that his going to kill his father and sleep with his mother he ran away, even when he new there were suspicions of him being the real son of his parents. There some lines from the play: “There was a man dining with us one day who had too much wine and man shouted at me-half drunk and shouting that I was not rightly called my father’s son. Without my parent’s knowledge, I went to Delphi, but Apollo did not say what I had gone to hear. Instead, he answered questions I had not asked and told of horror and misery beyond believe – how I would know my mothers bad and cause the death of my own father.”
The prophecy drove the Oedipus away from home; the terror of the predictions was too much to live with. Oedipus tried everything not to meet the prophecy, and still when he came to Thebes and became a king Oedipus married an older lady. It was his choice, even when he knew there was a danger of him to know mothers bad, he made it.

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Oedipus’ quest for truth was his choice. When the Teiresias tried not to reveal the truth, The Oedipus was the one, who made the priest to talk: “This city gave you life and yet you refuse to answer! You speak as if you were her enemy. For God’s sake, if you know, don’t turn away from us! We are pleading. We are begging you. You will not tell? You monster! You could stir the stones of earth to a burning rage! You will newer tell? What it will take?”
As the truth is getting revealed: ” You, Oedipus, are the desecrator, the polluter of this land.” Oedipus does not believe (his choice). He (Oedipus) start to accuse Creon of truing to take his powers away (king). And still want to reveal whole truth. After talking to Jocasta Oedipus faces that he in fact might killed the king Laius. ” There was s herald leading a carriage drawn by horses and the man riding in the carriage The driver pushed. In anger, I struck him. The old man saw it, reached for his lash and waited till I had passed. Then he struck me on the head. But he paid-oh yes he paid. I killed him. And again that was a choice, he (Oedipus) knew that he will kill his own father, even when he killed an old man he didn’t thought of possibility, that the old man might be his father.

Oedipus fate was determined before he was even born, and by trying t o overcome it, he actually perfectly filing in his position in life which is a prophesy. Oedipus thought that he oversmarted the Gods, but in fact every his move he made moved him closer to prophesy becoming a reality.

Oedipus


Oedipus the King A myth and
The mythological critic easily evaluates the written version of Oedipus the King, finding the prevalent mythological or archetypal characteristics in the text as well as common hero characteristics in Oedipus.

The myth begins with a journey as Oedipus arrives in Thebes from his home in Corinth as the son of King Plybus.
The ideas of heaven and hell are visible in the text. A heavenly atmosphere is presented upon the arrival of Oedipus in Thebes after he solving the Sphinx’s riddle, saving the citizens from her wrechedness. In the end of the story Oedipus departs Thebes to Kithairon to spend the remainder of his life blinded and disabled and to avoid being seen by anyone. This place represents a hell on earth that Oedipus must live through many years until his awaited death.
The texts presents several examples of water and sky imagery. Throughout the play violent sea and ship imagery emerge when speaking of the plague and its effects. For example “Thebes is tossed on a murdering sea”(prologue 27), , and using words like bowstring..Again, sky imagery is seen.
Teresias plays the role of te mythological old wise man. Teresias is a blind prophet who speaks nothing but the truth and he warns Oedipus of hi fate.
Finally, the myth has an overall god ending. The tragedy and disgrace of Oedipus leaves the reader felling sorry for him and almost sick about his ironic tragedies, but overall, in the end the reader is left feeling good about the city of Thebes, and the reader knows that Thebes will get back to normal free of the plague.
Though Oedipus brings an awful plague to Thebes, kills its previous king, and changes the lives of his mother and daughters forever he still processes the characteristics of a mythological hero. He his parents, King Laius and Jocasta, can be considered divine parents do to their royalty. The disgracing fate of Oedipus leads him into exile from Thebes. Oedipus attempts to escape his terrible fa

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