Essay on Oedipus is to Blame in Oedipus the King

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Oedipus is to Blame in Oedipus the King In the story of Oedipus the King, Sophocles portrays the main character, Oedipus, as a good natured person that has bad judgment and frailty. Oedipus makes a few bad decisions and is condemned to profound suffering because of his pride. I agree with Aristotle that he brings it all on to himself because of his own personal pride. One day Oedipus finds out that there is a prophecy that depicts him killing his father and marrying his mother. The prophecy may have been proven untrue if he wouldn't have put himself on such a high pedestal. It all started one day when he met up with King Laius: Seated in it. The groom…show more content…
He should have accepted what he had to say as fact no matter how unbelievable. Oedipus I think that I myself may be accursed By my own ignorant edict. Jocasta You speak strangely. It makes me tremble to look at you, my King. Oedipus I am not sure that the blind man cannot see, But I should know better if you were to tell me--- (1.2.700-704) The prophecy also stated that Oedipus will be damned in marriage. He marries Jocasta and he rules as the King of Thebes and is well respected by all of his people. Once Oedipus realizes that he has married his own mother and killed his own father and took his throne, he goes into a great depression. He can no longer look into the eyes of the people that have entrusted him for the last few years, so he stabs out his eyes: Ah god! It was true! All the prophecies! ---Now, O light, may I look on to you for the last time! I, Oedipus Oedipus, damned in his birth, in his marriage damned, Damned in the blood he shed with his own

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