Does Oedipus Deserve His Fate Essay

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The Tragedy In Fate In the play “Oedipus Rex”, by Sophocles, Oedipus blinded and banished himself from Thebes because he killed his father, King Louis. His prophecy was that he was going to kill his father and marry his mother. Oedipus deserves his fate because he was eager to know that truth at any cost, which caused him to deserve his self-inflicted punishment. To start with, Oedipus deserves his fate due to him ignoring Jocasta’s advice about forgetting the truth. In the play, Jocasta begs Oedipus to stop finding the man who will tell Oedipus the truth. Jocasta says, “Listen to me, I beg you : do not do this thing! (P )”. However, Oedipus does not listen and finds the man who will tell him the truth. Due to Oedipus not listening, it causes him to get closer and closer to his fate. He deserves this fate because not only does he not listen, he shows his unwiseness. Oedipus has a great, wealthy life, but he chooses to know the truth that can change his good life.…show more content…
Oedipus is so eager to know that when he gets angry, he accuses Tiresias of being the murderer. It all started when Creon sent Tiresias to tell Oedipus the truth. Tiresias however, would not tell him anything. Tiresias says, “No, I will never tell you what I know”(P ). Oedipus then says, “You planned it... killed him with your own hands”(P ). Oedipus deserves his fate for accusing someone of murderer without any proof. Oedipus even accuses Creon, who is the brother of Oedipus’s wife as a murderer of King Lauis. Tiresias is the real hero because he tried to save Oedipus from his fate. Oedipus has many chances of ignoring his fate, but chooses not to, therefore deserving his

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