To What Extent is Oedipus Responsible for His Own Downfall? Essay

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A special attribute of Greek tragedy is that the central character is known to have a tragic imperfection that contribute to the fall of the character. In the play Oedipus Rex this characteristic is not an exception. Nevertheless, until what point was Oedipus responsible for his own downfall? There are many theories that can give an answer to this question. Was it destiny or a manipulation of the gods? Or was it a punishment for his actions to his parents? Was anyone else responsible for his downfall too (Jocasta, Laius)? In this essay I will prove that even though he is not the only one to blame for his downfall, he is the major person responsible for his ruin.

We can not make him responsible for acting in the way he did. If we
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However, if they did not believed in oracles and prophecies they should have stayed with their son, Oedipus. If we think about it, it was pure coincidence that Oedipus kill his father. In fact, by going away from Corinth he was trying to defeat his fate. Nevertheless, he didn't knew that his real father was Laius and not Polybus.

As I said before, even though he is not the only one to blame for his downfall, he is the major person responsible for his ruin. Oedipus is responsible for his own downfall because of his ability to solve riddles. He was the one that saved the city of Thebes from the Sphinx by answering the puzzle. If he had never answer the riddle he would not have been named the King of Thebes. Tiresias says to Oedipus that his ability to solve riddles was his own ruin. In this case he would not have sleep with his mother. However, he has already killed his own father, nevertheless, he would never know that.

He is also responsible because of his detective ability. He is the one that started the search of the murderer of King Laius "No, I'll start again--I'll bring it all to light myself!" (line 149). However, there is some irony present in these lines because he started the search again to protect himself without knowing that he was starting his own downfall. "Whoever killed the king may decide to kill me too, with the same violent hand--by

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