To What Extent is Oedipus Responsible for His Own Downfall? Essay
We can not make him responsible for acting in the way he did. If we …show more content…
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