Fate In Oedipus Rex

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In the tragedy of Oedipus Rex by Sophocles, a man named Oedipus pursues truths of his identity and is announced ruler of Thebes after the unfortunate death of their king because of his great act of ridding the land from the deadly Sphinx, but he's soon to find out about his new terrible Fate. In the beginning of the story, citizens beg King Oedipus for help regarding the plague overtaking Thebes. He responded to the citizens with the fact that he sent his brother-in-law, Creon, to the Oracle of Delphi in hopes Apollo will offer his help. When Creon arrived back to the palace, he says that Apollo wants Thebes to find former King Laius’s murderer. In order to find the clues, Oedipus had to seek information on who killed Laius. Oedipus decided…show more content…
Then Oedipus finds reasons to accuse Creon of treason, Creon obviously defends himself and Queen Jocasta stood up for Creon as well. Oedipus finally settled on just banishing Creon instead of executing him, but still complained to his wife about Creon. Jocasta tries to relieve Oedipus of his worries about a prophecy he had been given long ago, he was meant to murder his father and marry his mother, darning a new generation of sin, by explaining that prophecies can be false because her son was meant to kill his father but she sent the child away to die. Jocasta tells Oedipus of what happened to Laius, causing him to feel dread, he remembers and tells the story of how he killed men at a crossroads in his travels to Thebes and fears he killed Laius. So, Oedipus reluctantly agrees with his wife to speak with the shepherd regarding Laius’s death. A herald soon arrives from Corinth of whom told Jocasta about King Polybus’ death and that the Corinthians want Oedipus as their king. Oedipus was raised by King Polybus and Queen Meropi, so word of his father’s death was shocking. This reinforces Oedipus’ fear of the prophecy he was told long ago.The herald tells Oedipus that Queen Meropi and King Polybus aren’t his real parents. The herald then testifies to Oedipus’s identity, how he was given an infant by the shepherd and brought it to Corinth’s
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