This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

Oedipus The King Essay

655 words - 3 pages

The story of Oedipus the King, is about his destiny and choices he makes along the way. Oedipus from the beginning was destined to kill his father and marry his mother. The God’s had already set this life for the king, but they never expected him to make the decisions he made to fulfill his destiny.
When the play begins, the citizens of Thebes are begging their king, Oedipus, to take away the plague that threatens to destroy the city. Oedipus sent his brother-in-law, Kreon, to talk to the oracle at Delphi to learn on what to do. When he returned, Kreon announced that the oracle instructed the city to find the murderer of Laios, the king who ruled Thebes before Oedipus. As soon as they find out who murdered the late king, it would be an end to the plague. Oedipus took upon himself to find out who murdered the king. Tiresias, the blind prophet refuses to speak, but finally accuses Oedipus himself of ...view middle of the document...

When Oedipus heard the prophecy that he is going to kill his father and sleep with his mother he ran away, even when he knew there were suspicions of him being the real son of his parents. The prophecy was bound to happen, no matter what he may have done to avoid it, but his actions that he did before were determined by fate. When he learned of Apollo's word, he could have calmly investigated the murder of the former King Laios, but instead, he passionately curses the murderer, and in so, unknowingly curses himself, "O light! Let this be the last time I look on you.” His pride, ignorance and disbelief in the gods, and unrelenting quest for the truth ultimately contributed to his destruction. When the truth is revealed, Jokasta is the first to react; she hangs herself in the bedroom. Later, her husband/son finds her, takes her body down, and then proceeds to tear his eyes out with her pins. As he is stabbing at his eyes, he screams, "Eyes, now you will not, no, never see the evil I suffered, the evil I caused.” Not only were Oedipus and Jokasta's reactions to the truth very extreme and passionate, they were also completely their own. Therefore the last act of destruction was caused by Oedipus' free will, but his tragic fate came about because every sin must be punished. There was no prophecy that predicted Oedipus would poke his eyes out and Jokasta would hang herself. The people involved were completely responsible for their actions. Technically, everything that happened in the play was outside of the prophecy since the prophecy was fulfilled before the story even started, so therefore, there is no fate in Oedipus the King.
Sophocles believed in both fate and free will, but mainly that man has free will, it just exists within fate and the limitations that go along with it. The life and fate of Oedipus was that of tragic circumstances. However, whether or not Oedipus's tragic fall was produced by forces beyond his control or by aspects of his character that led to errors in his judgment and action. All in all, we learned that our destiny is set, but the path we take to get there is not.

Other assignments on Oedipus The King

Mgt216 Essay

714 words - 3 pages The first ethical issue presented in the ethics game simulation was whether to warn consumers about the contaminated product and what information to provide consumers about the contaminant. The second ethical issue was whether to sell a product that does not meet U.S. safety requirements in a foreign market that has lower safety restrictions. G-BioSport was not required to meet prior approval from the Federal Drug Administration before they

Economy Effect Of Marijuana Essay

277 words - 2 pages Modern American History by Alan Renga 2nd Mid Term! You will be given 3 Short Essay questions and 20 Multiple Choice questions deriving from this list! 80 points total! The 1920s Warren Harding then Calvin Coolidge Tea Pot Dome 1st Red Scare Immigration Restriction, Sacco and Vanzetti Langston Hughes, Marcus Garvey, KKK Prosperity, advertising Prohibition, Al Capone Flappers, Clara Bow, Rudolph Valentino Babe Ruth, Jack Dempsey

The Vc Shakeout

2033 words - 9 pages ECONOMY 26 Luring a big firm to town is not the secret to job growth DEFEND YOUR RESEARCH 30 Are morning people wired for success? VISION STATEMENT 32 The social web’s east-west divide COLUMN 38 Warren Bennis looks back on his surprising path to fame New Thinking, Research in Progress New Thinking, Research in Progress FIRST The VC Shakeout Venture capital hasn’t worked for a decade and must be radically

Hospitals Paper

6014 words - 25 pages I hope to provide in this paper a comprehensive understanding for what the term “hospital” has become. Hospitals are an extremely complex system that man has created and shaped and reshaped throughout history. My goal in writing and researching this paper will be to provide those who read it a clear understanding on how the hospital system got to where it is today, and to shed some light on the many organizations that affiliate with and

Course Syllabus

2610 words - 11 pages diverse student population to reach their goals in their path of preference such as baccalaureate transfer, workforce development, adult or continuing education. Our dedicated faculty will guide our students in constructing the necessary elements that will help them succeed in their math classes, and also encourage and motivate them to participate in college wide activities. We are committed to preparing our students to be productive, contributing


1477 words - 6 pages Boeing Management Planning Heather Oetzel MGT 330 October 22, 2012 Joe Cheng Abstract Boeing is known as “the world’s leading aerospace company and the largest manufacturer of commercial jetliner and military aircraft combined ("The Boeing Company: About Us", 2012). Every company uses different types of management techniques including how the planning function of management is used. Planning allows organizations to develop how the

Assisted Suicide

1015 words - 5 pages Should physician-assisted suicide be legal? While I believe if one chooses to end his or own life through physician assistance for reasons that they chose, the choice should be up to the individual. Physician-assisted suicide should be at one's discretion. “Assisted Suicide, also called Voluntary Euthanasia, is currently a contentious issue in many countries. Because Euthanasia is legal in a few modern democracies: the Netherlands, Belgium

Tanglewood Case 1

797 words - 4 pages Tanglewood’s staffing strategy requires the organization to make key decisions about the acquisition, deployment, and retention of the organization’s workforce. In order to accomplish this, Tanglewood’s must make thirteen decisions regarding its staffing levels and its staffing quality. One of the first decisions that Tanglewood needs to choose is to acquire or develop talent. Tanglewood should try to develop their current talent because one


1391 words - 6 pages Есе по въпроса: Кои от всички „действащи” лица могат да се разглеждат като морално отговорни и в какво именно? по казуса Форд „Пинто” Корпоративните злодеяния са нанесли повече вреди на обществото от всички улични престъпления взети заедно. Според данни на ФБР сумата от уличните престъпления възлиза на $3.8 млрд. годишно, а загубите от корпоративните измами между $100 млрд. и $400 млрд. годишно

The Penis

1052 words - 5 pages The short story ”The Penis” is written by Hanif Kureishi. The short story is about a penis, which has been separated from its owner Doug, who we hear from later on. At first though we hear about a guy called Alfie who was “a cutter – a hairdresser – and had to get to work”. He is having breakfast with his wife, when she asks him what he did last night, and if he had a good time last night? Alfie can not remember what he did last night, he

Managed Care Paper

543 words - 3 pages Managed Care and Case Management Care Marvin Lloyd BSHS/402-Case Management 27 August 2012 Virgil Miller Managed Care are techniques employed to help reduce the cost for providing health benefits and a system for improving organizations quality of

Similar Documents

The Fate And Free Will Of Man

449 words - 2 pages Rachel Urvina Kimberly Roff Humanities II [ 8 July 2012 ] The Fate and Free Will of Man Throughout time there has always seemed to be an argument over the question of man being able to control his own destiny by free will or if he must just accept the fate that was laid before him from the Gods above? In the Greek Tragedy Oedipus the King, the play clearly illustrates the struggle and tension between the two conflicting entities between

Oedipus Essay

526 words - 3 pages Day Two Journal Assignment Examples of Oedipus and Jocasta dismissing the prophecy: Jocasta: “Now, you remember the story: Laios was killed by marauding strangers where three highways meet; But his child had not been three days in this world before the King had pierced the baby’s ankles and left him to die on a lonely mountainside. Thus, Apollo never caused that child to kill his father, and it was not Laios’s fate to die at the hands of his

Literature Essay

2132 words - 9 pages short story writer. Explore in detail how either The Hitch-hiker (by Roald Dahl) or Dumb Martian (by John Wyndham) achieves this surprise. Or 48 You are the father in My Oedipus Complex (by Frank O’Connor). You have smacked Larry that morning. Write your thoughts. © UCLES 2008 0486/01/O/N/08 10 BLANK PAGE 0486/01/O/N/08 11 BLANK PAGE 0486/01/O/N/08 12 BLANK PAGE Permission to reproduce items where third-party owned

On Translation Of English Names From Cultural Perspective

5210 words - 21 pages ,after which the king gave him the name Oedipus, which is the meaning of the swollen feet. If one person’s name is named according to his characteristics, the name of a person would tend to suggest his personality characteristics. This method of feature naming is widely used in the literature. This paper can often know his or her personality traits through the observation of the characters’ name in the book . Men who are named Smith, for instance, are