Untitled Essay, Research Paper
In many plays a character has a misconception of his her
self and/or his or
her world. When this misconception is destroyed it can be a major turning
the story. “Oedipus Rex” by Sophocles is one such story. In the story Oedipus
such a misconception where he thinks he has a good life, but really his life
wrong. This contributes to the theme or themes of the play
when they serve as the defining climax of the story. When the misconception
stopped Oedipus sees that you cannot escape or change your past, but you
do great things even if you have been evil or immoral in your life.
When Oedipus was born it was prophesied that he would
kill his father and
marry his mother. His father naturally feared this and told a shepard to
boy out and kill him when he was still a child. The kind old shepard could
himself to kill a innocent little boy so he gave him to a passing messenger
to take as
his own. When Oedipus was older he learned of this prophecy and left home
because he loved his foster father who he believed to be his real father.
after he ran away he traveling down a road when he saw a coach coming. It
contained his true father, King Laios of Thebes and his bodyguards. When
almost ran him over Oedipus attacked them killing the bodyguards and his
thinking that they were highway bandits, and by doing so he unwittingly fulfilled
prophecy. When he realizes this he is devastated. This really contributes
theme, that you cannot escape your past. The fact that he killed a king and
father no less, is a major factor in his exile later in the story.
When he discovers that King Laios was his real father
he sees that by not
running away that he could have prevented this whole catastrophe. This just
show that hindsight is always 20/20, Oedipus saw this and realized his mistake.
realizing that he cannot go back and change his past is also a big theme
of the story.
This fact too. plays a big part in his mental breakdown later in the story.
After he kills his father he is walks further down the
road when he is accosted
by the Sphinx who tells him that if he cannot answer her riddle correctly
will kill him. He however does succeed in solving her riddle and she kills
of fury. When word gets out the he was the one who caused the death of the
the people of Thebes ( whose king he just recently killed ) adopt him as
king, thanking that their real king was killed by bandits, and give him the
Queen Jocasta ( his mother ) for his bride. They lived happily for many years
had four children. When Oedipus learns of the heinous crime he has committed
nearly dies. Jocasta upon learning that she had been married to her son
herself and when Oedipus sees her body dangling he cuts her down and stabs
eyes with her brooch. Having disgraced his country he is banished and he
daughter Antigone leave Thebes. He later dies in exile at a shrine of Apollo
Colonus. Before he leaves Thebes however he states that he will do great
before he dies the horrible death he believes is reserved for him. He speaks
great hubris in the end of the play when he tells Creon to care for his daughters
tells of the things he will do before he dies. This, being able to still
things even after doing such horrendous crimes such as incest and regicide.
Realization that you cannot change or escape your past
and that you can still
achieve great things even after committing awful crimes in your life are
things that Oedipus sees after his misconception of his entire life is destroyed
sees the things he could have prevented. When you look back on your life
something that brought about bad consequences you most often see how you
have easily avoided the usually small detail that caused the whole ordeal.
usually a great learning experience for you.