Type: Critical Essays
Sample donated: Freda Steele
Last updated: September 12, 2019
ANSWER_ Oedipus owning a sensitive gentle heart, reverence for God and prophecy within had strong faith on predictions and God’s Will. His sacrifice of hometown to save his father’s life proves his religious belief on God Apollo’s shrines. Society also plays an important role in this belief.
Jocasta is criticized for her distrust on prophecies and is an understandable prejudice though. She does not believe that the prophecy King Laius heard of came true. She believed her son as dead and husband killed by the wayfarers.
This hidden consequence faded away her strong belief on prophecies. Jocasta was critical of prophecy but not fully sacrilegious. In play she offered prayers in her fear and asking for God Apollo’s help and magical protection from all the disruptions. QUESTION_ Contrast the personalities of Jocasta and Oedipus? ANSWER_ Jocasta The Queen of Thebes, mother and wife of the tragic hero appears only in the final scenes of Play.She had critical beliefs for prophecy but also offered prayers and asked for Divine help. After truth revealed on her, she seemed like an escapist, did not wanted Oedipus to know their actual relation she calmly tried to convince Oedipus not to investigate the curse further. Oedipus, reacted on speaker’s mercy, having a melted warm fatherly heart able to understand the demands hidden in grouse and groans of citizens. The sincere King worried himself for the plagues and curses of Thebes.
Hamartia of Oedipus was his constant examining nature, His oversensitivity, Mind Blockages and lack of patience, arrogance and aggressiveness burnt his Black fate. Hamartia of Jocasta was toying with the role of authority. Her distrusts and for-grandness for spiritual prophecy lead her to terrible suicide. QUESTION_ What is the role of fate in Oedipus Rex? Answer_ Fate refers to an occurrence that uncontrollably befalls a person’s will and life. A very common debate still rages today is weather we as a species have free will or If some Divine source called Fate is controlling us. Oedipus, conscious about his fate and striking to avoid those happenings but lands again on that fate. Religions say that we as creatures of God don’t have our free will working on us, the things we so has already been decided for us. We just by ourselves move on a path, laid for us by fate leading towards pre- determined destination.
The reasons for the befall and undoing of Oedipus are his headedness, stubbornness and being over emotional. Power that determines events controlled Oedipus and his tragic life. We all are puppets in the hands of Gods. SUMMARY OF OEDIPUS REX : The story lays the first stone at the ancient Thebes, city of Egypt. The story line holds elements of murder mysteries, fate and shame, distress and regrets, thrill and conflicts. The majesties King Laius and Queen Jocasta of Thebes learned the prophecy of their expected child to assassinate his Father and will commit incest.
Logically the King gave of the newborn child to one of his servants and drove spikes in to the poor child’s ankles so he would never come back. Despite of what was supposed to be done(killing the baby) the servant felt warmth and tenderness for the child and left him on a peaked area. At the very day a shepherd discovered the baby and presented the baby to the sterile rulers. They named the abandoned baby as Oedipus which literally means Swollen feet.On growing up he was informed about his illegitimacy and he hurried himself to Apollo’s Oracle to seek prophecy.
That prophecy spelled out his tragic horrible fate. Feeling mental blocks and gusts of foul thoughts in his mind, he vowed never to return Corinth so somehow he would be able to save his believed fathers days and nights. At the crossroads he ended getting in a fight with an old man and five servants rageously and killing the old man and servants blindly with his bare hands. On entering Thebes he saw Sphinx disasters, the reasons of distressed citizens grouse and groans for the dying city, He aimed to get at the bottom of it and replied to the demanded riddle’s answer.
He got rewarded by Crown and Thorn and married the widow Queen. Years went by and the fertile land got plagued. Creon investigated at the God Apollo’s shrine and informed the bad blood’s curse who killed King Laius.
The very believed blind prophet who was able to foresight or see through this fake world grasped sensitive Oedipus’s attention by accusing him the murderer of Laius. Oedipus at the edge of panic and distress flashbacks of the crossroads murder and chains began to get linked. Jocasta strives to escape but end up on hanging herself when truth revealed on her. The only alive witness of Laius’s death showed up and the curtains from truth dropped. Revolving life around speaker’s mercy, the big game of fate made him gouge his eyeballs out and inescapable destiny left him with blood shedding eyes and hopeless dead heart