Human Actions In Oedipus The King

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Oedipus’s fate was partly human action and partly intervention of the gods. I say that it was partly human actions and not Oedipus’s own actions because actions of other had to do with his fate such as his parents, Jocasta and Laius, abandoning him as a small child.

Jocasta reviled how she and Leius left him because of a prophesy that said that the child would murder his father, Laius. “An oracle Once came to Laius (I will not say 'Twas from the Delphic god himself, but from His ministers) declaring he was doomed To perish by the hand of his own son, A child that should be born to him by me.” [Sophocles Pg. 22]. This was the beginning of the prophesy.

Oedipus was at fault for finishing the prophesy by murdering his father at a crossroad even though he did not know that was his father. (Now Laius--so at least report affirmed-- Was murdered on a day by highwaymen, No natives, at a spot where three roads meet.) [Sophocles Pg.22]. Although it was foretold by the gods there was one way to be absolutely sure that this prophesy would never have happened, to kill Oedipus instead of abandoning him somewhere where someone could have …show more content…

They predicted all of these events to happen through the prophet, Teiresias. He predicted that Oedipus would be blind, as came true when Oedipus blinds himself by gauging his own eyes out after Jocasta kills herself. (Full on his eye-balls, uttering words like these: "No more shall ye behold such sights of woe, Deeds I have suffered and myself have wrought; Henceforward quenched in darkness shall ye see Those ye should ne'er have seen; now blind to those Whom, when I saw, I vainly yearned to know.) [Sophocles Pg.39] (turned his hand against himself, but not to end his life. He changed his light to darkness. He put out his eyes.) [Hamilton Lines

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