Oedipus' Ignorance and Demise Analytical Essay

Oedipus' Ignorance and Demise
This paper examines the circumstances and events that ultimately lead to Oedipus' demise in Sophocles' "Oedipus Rex".
# 145905 | 784 words | 0 sources | 2010 | US
Published on Dec 05, 2010 in Literature (Greek and Roman) , Drama and Theater (Greek and Roman)

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The paper analyzes Sophocles' play "Oedipus Rex". The paper first describes how Oedipus' initial decision to leave Corinth, and his fear of the prophecy was the start of his downfall. The paper then highlights how his lack of self-knowledge led to his demise, since had he possessed self awareness, he would have known that acting on free will could have protected him from a preconceived fate.

From the Paper:

"E.E. Cummings once said "to be nobody but yourself in world which is doing its best night and day to make you like everyone else is to fight the hardest battle that any human being can fight - and keep on fighting." In Oedipus Rex, Oedipus faced many obstacles, but also opportunities, where his perception of reality was called into question. These prospects for self discovery occurred frequently, commencing with Oedipus' decision to visit the oracle concerning his birth origin. His decisions and thought process after visiting the oracle subsequently led to his inability to know himself at the crossroads and in Jocasta's presence prior to the resolution of the novel. This lack of self-knowledge developed into Oedipus' ignorance, and it was this problematic quality that eventually led to his demise."

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