Oedipus Rex and Freewill Analytical Essay by Nicky

Oedipus Rex and Freewill
Looks at Sophocles' drama "Oedipus Rex" as it revolves around the interaction between freewill and fate.
# 148157 | 830 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2011 | US

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This paper explains that Sigmund Freud claims that all people identify themselves with the protagonist Oedipus especially with respect to the issues of freewill and fate in Sophocles' "Oedipus Rex". Next, the author relates the plot, highlighting that most of the actions performed by Oedipus contradicted the Oracle's prophecy and that the truth brought nothing but distress to Oedipus. The paper concludes that, after learning about the truth, Oedipus chose to become blind because he could not bear to look at the wrong that he did by murdering his father and marrying his mother.

From the Paper:

"Freewill intervenes and challenges fate as Oedipus and his parents are separated and Oedipus's destiny seems to have changed suddenly. The fact that Oedipus is completely changed as he is adopted by King Polybus makes it virtually impossible for someone to still believe that there is any truth in the prophecy that the Oracle had made.
"Even if Oedipus's life had experienced a 180 degree turn from where it was, the character still manages to meet his real father as he becomes an adult. After a skirmish between the two concerning the right of way in crossroad, Oedipus kills his father."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Sophocles. "Oedipus Rex".
  • Taplin Oliver, "Greek tragedy in action", Taylor & Francis, 1978

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