Abandonment In Oedipus The King

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Oedipus and Abandonment Oedipus the King, written by Sophocles, is an ancient play featuring Oedipus, the king of Thebes, and the pursuit in finding the murderer of King Laius, the former king of Thebes. It is later revealed that Oedipus killed his own father, Laius, without knowing and he is charged for the murder. When an infant, Oedipus was given to a shepherd to dispose of, essentially abandoning him, so he never knew his real parents. With that, Oedipus’ downfall was the cause of various reasons, however all lead to one basis, abandonment. Abandonment in Oedipus’ case caused; PTSD, or post-traumatic stress disorder of abandonment, irrational outbursts of anger, and insecure behaviors. Oedipus’ behaviors do show signs of some type of mental disorder, specifically PTSD. “PTSD of abandonment is a psychological condition in which earlier separation traumas interfere with current life”Post Traumatic Stress Disorder of Abandonment. Oedipus, when an infant, experienced a traumatic experience, as stated here; “As for the son-three days after his birth Laius fastened his ankles together and had them cast away on the pathless mountains” (41). It is demonstrated here that this very moment of abandonment caused him to possibly acquire PTSD at a very early point of time in his life. Oedipus having his ankles pinned at such a young age had to have a psychological effect on him, subsequently ruining his life. His PTSD, caused prior to abandonment, does affect the way he behaves
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