Kelsey Francis ENGL 2310-05 October 1, 2018Paper 1 “Oedipus and his Fate”Oedipus blames Apollo for bringing him sorrow but claims that the act of putting his eyes out was his own. There is a sense that Oedipus does not deserve his fate, but what, then, is Oedipus responsible for and what do we as the audience learn from the experience of the play? Oedipus was a prideful man which would eventually lead him to his own doom, in fact it was not all Apollos fault for the sorrows brought upon Oedipus, but he was at fault too. In this story Oedipus is responsible for his pride getting in the way of his judgment. As the audience we learn that mankind can not escape fate or suffering, and peace is only obtained when we die. In the play, Oedipus came off as arrogant, prideful, and too determined for his own good. When Oedipus defeated the sphinx, he gained this sense of pride and self-confidence. However, his confidence strays away from reasoning. This is seen when Oedipus dismisses Tiresias for claiming that Oedipus is the killer, “… you’ll wish you’d never said a word… should I wait for him to attack me more? May you be damned. Go, leave my house now! Turn your back and go” (Sophocles 718 & 720). Oedipus did not want to listen to what Tiresias was trying to tell him. Ultimately, this lead to Oedipus thinking that Tiresias was lying, and Kreon was helping him make up these lies about him, “truth has strength, but you have none. You have blind eyes, blind ears, and a blind
brain … did you make up these lies? Or was it Kreon?” (Sophocles 718). Oedipus’s actions throughout the play ultimately lead him to his downfall.