Analysis of the Tragedy/Fate Dynamic in Oedipus Rex by Sophocles


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Analysis of the Tragedy/Fate Dynamic in Oedipus Rex by Sophocles
This thematic analysis will analyze the theme of tragic fate as used by Sophocles to define the cruel destiny that Oedipus must face as the King of Thebes in Oedipus Rex. The primary voice of the Oracle at Delphi defines the voice of Teiresias as the central figure that must communicate Oedipus’s fate in killing his father. The conflicting anger and resentment that Oedipus feels is also part of the rejection of fate used in the play, as he is also accused of having sexual intercourse with his mother. Sophocles uses this thematic element in the play to reveal how little control people in their lives through fate, just as Oedipus must face these horrible tragic events as deemed...
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.....the Chorus’s desire to follow fate to whatever end it desires. In this way, Oedipus is a tragic character because he has fallen from grace as a hero and as a king due to fate as a power greater than himself. This is essentially “life on life’s terms” through the theme of fate, regardless of Oedipus’s high position and heroic legacy that was once the pride of his earlier years. Sophocles presents the power of fate over human powers in this tale, especially in the fall of the heroic Oedipus in this tragic play.
Works Cited:
Nassaar, Christopher. Sophocles’ Oedipus the King. The
Explicator. 55 (Summer 1997): 187-190.
Sophocles. “Oedipus Rex.” 2010. March 19, 2010.