What Makes Oedipus In The Dark

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Tragedy is an important theme in multitudes of writing, especially in Oedipus Rex, by Sophocles. Oedipus Rex is a Greek tragedy about a man whom is trying to avoid his fate (murdering his own father and marrying his own mother and having their own children together) from becoming a reality. Throughout the story we understand how fate keeps Oedipus in the dark throughout the play.

Throughout the story Oedipus is forced to go through several obstacles (emotional and physical) as he tries to overrule his fate. Oedipus is stuck with this baggage which darkens his life. Oedipus is dragged through the darkness (emotionally) because of several revelations such as: his biological father didn’t want him, the person he knew as “father” wasn’t his father at all, his fate, wife’s suicide….
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This is when the darkness starts to slowly develop. Oedipus enters Thebes, which is under a plague from the murder of the King, and it will not be reversed until the murder is captured and killed. Oedipus falls in love with the Queen of Thebes, Jocasta, and eventually becomes the King of Thebes. The darkness starts to develop both physically and mentally for Oedipus. A messenger from Corinth announces that Oedipus is the murderer of the King. A dark rage overpowers Oedipus as he realizes he’s currently living the fate he tried so hard to avoid. He was the murderer of the King, which was his biological father, he married the Queen, which turned out to be his mother, and they had children together. The darkness became apart of Oedipus, he was enraged. Jocasta committed suicide after she realized she married her son/murderer of her husband and had children with
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