Oedipus The King
“Oedipus the King” by Sophocles is a tragic drama. The play tells the story of Oedipus who is fated by the gods, to kill his father and marry his mother. Oedipus unknowingly fulfills this prophesy; blinds himself and is publically humiliated. Greek philosophers Socrates asserts, “The unexamined life is not worth living.” However, in Oedipus’s case the examined life leads to tragedy. It seems that for Oedipus ignorance about his birth is bliss.
During the overlaps of this play Oedipus’ life was a complete tragedy. His life was put into complete shadow after the prophet shared with him a fateful prophesy. Oedipus life was filled with fame and fortune. Now after the prophesy his life is only filled with misery and virtue. All of which could have been overseen. Trying to make things better, Oedipus only makes things worse.
During the tragedy of him finding out his fate Oedipus realizes things that he wishes he would of never gone through. Not only was his fate already written about him killing his father and marrying his mother but when Oedipus realized this was true he was in complete denial. Not only could he not believe that he killed his father but that he also married his mother and slept with her and also had 4 children. As the story presided Oedipus realized more and more that what he was told about the prophesy, was true. Not knowing that it was his father that he killed he was at his own fault for his actions.
After Oedipus swore to the city that he would kill, banish, or sentence to jail the man that killed the king, he realized that he made a mistake in saying that. He was the man that killed the King. He must now do as when he said he would do. After finding all this out Oedipus was furious at his wife/mother Jocasta and set off to kill her. But not knowing Oedipus goes into her room to find Jocasta hung by a rope, dead. Oedipus then is furious and blinds himself by stabbing his eyes out with pins. Oedipus, a man that had so...