Oedipus was a victim of fate, not just because of the prophecy that was made about him, but because of the choices he made. Even though it was prophesied that he would kill his father and marry his mother, Oedipus could have chosen to not go down that path.
But instead, he killed his father and married his mother, thus fulfilling the prophecy. So in a way, Oedipus was a victim of his own choices as well as fate.
The Oracle told him that he would kill his father and marry his mother. Of course Oedipus did not believe this and thought the Oracle was lying to him, so he ran away from home. Oedipus met a stranger on the road and had an argument with him, during the fight Oedipus killed the stranger. Little did Oedipus know that this stranger was actually his father. Later Oedipus arrived in Thebes, he saved the city from a creature calles the Sphinx by solving it’s riddle.
The Sphinx had been terrorizing the city, it would ask anyone who crossed it’s path a riddle, if they couldn’t answer it correctly the Sphinx would eat them. Oedipus answered the riddles correctly and as a result became the king of Thebes. Oedipus married Jocasta, not knowing that she was his mother. Together they had two sons and two daughters.
One day a man came to Oedipus claiming that he, Oedipus, had killed his father and married his mother. This man was actually Oedipus’s brother-in-law. Of course Oedipus did not believe him and accused him of lying. In order to prove that he was telling the truth the man went to get Oedipus’s mother/wife, Jocasta.
When she saw her son she fainted. Jocasta then told Oedipus the truth, that he had in fact killed his father and married his mother. Oedipus was devastated by this news. He blinded himself and exiled himself from Thebes. Jocasta hanged herself.
Oedipus was a victim of fate, he could not have prevented his own downfall even if he had tried. His futur was foretold by an Oracle and he had no way of knowing that the stranger he killed was his father or that his wife was his mother. Oedipus was a good man who became king because he saved the city from a deadly plague. He did not deserve the misery that was bestowed upon him.
Oedipus was raised not knowing that he was adopted. Many years later, Oedipus goes to Thebes to answer the Sphinx’s riddle and saved the city from the monster. Then Oedipus became king of Thebes and married Jocasta, who is unaware of his real identity at this time. When Oedipus learns about his fate he refuses to accept it, because it is too terrible for him to comprehend that he would kill his father and marry his mother.
Oedipus believes that he can outsmart his fate, but in reality he is only fulfilling what the Oracle had said. Oedipus tries to run away from his problems instead of facing them head on like a man, but his problems always find a way of catching up to him. Oedipus is a victim of fate because he can not change what the Oracle had said, no matter how much he tried to avoid it.
There was no way Oedipus could have known that this stranger was his father, since he had never met or seen him before. After murdering his father, Oedipus continued on his journey to Thebes. When he reached Thebes, the city was suffering from a widespread epidemic. To cure the city of this disease, you must solve the Sphinx’s riddle, which is provided with it. Oedipus was clever enough to figure out how to answer the riddle and thus cure the city of the plague.
This made Oedipus the new King of Thebes, as he had freed them from the curse. Not long after this Oedipus married the widowed queen Jocasta, not knowing that she was his biological mother.
While all of these events were going on, there was a man named Teiresias who was a prophet. He tried to warn Oedipus that he was living in sin and would soon pay for his crimes. Of course, Oedipus did not believe him and became angered by his words. In his anger, he accused Teiresias of being part of a conspiracy against him.
Following the death of King Laius, Oedipus was chosen as king because he saved Thebes. Jocasta, a recent widow of the missing and presumed dead King Laius, lived in the imperial palace. Oedipus married Jocasta as usual, and Thebes rejoiced with their ruler for many years. After that, another dark cloud overshadowed Thebes; there was a second epidemic within the city. An Oracle was consulted to discover how to resolve this conundrum; the solution was to remove the murderer of King Laius from Thebes.
Oedipus did not know that he was the one who killed Laius, as he was told by an Oracle that he would kill his father and marry his mother. Oedipus set out to find the killer even though Jocasta pleaded with him not to. Oedipus found out that he was the killer and Jocasta hanged herself in shame. Oedipus gouged out his eyes in despair and removed himself from Thebes. In the end it turned out that all of this was predestined by fate and there was nothing Oedipus could have done to change it. making him a victim of fate.
Oedipus is definitely a victim of fate, because no matter what he did, the outcome was always going to be the same. He was meant to kill his father and marry his mother, no matter how hard he tried to avoid it. Oedipus is a victim of fate, because he had no control over his own life and destiny.
In the process of solving the riddle, Oedipus discovered that Jocasta was in fact his mother. “But she, perhaps… I have her for mother…” (pg39 ln1-5). When Jocasta finds out, she kills herself, “The magnificent Jocasta is no more… “(pg44 ln18). As a result, I firmly believe that Oedipus was a powerless victim of destiny. Oedipus’s future had been foretold by an Oracle of the Gods; he would kill his father and marry his mother. Oedipus accomplished all of these tasks and had no choice in the matter.
Oedipus was a good man, he did not deserve any of the disasters that befell him. It is not his fault that he was betrayed by the gods. He was a victim of their cruelty. The gods were jealous of Oedipus’s success and happiness and took it all away from him in the end. Oedipus is a victim of fate, not because of anything he did wrong, but because of the actions of the gods.
Oedipus was born to King Laius and Queen Jocasta of Thebes. Laius had received a prophecy from an oracle that his own son would kill him, so when Oedipus was born, Laius had him abandoned on a mountainside to die.
However, Oedipus was found by a shepherd and raised by the king and queen of Corinth as their own child. When Oedipus grew up, he learned from an oracle that he would kill his father and marry his mother. Not wanting to bring this curse upon himself or his parents, Oedipus left Corinth in order to never see them again.
The tragic hero Oedipus is presented as a victim of fate in this play. He was attempting to avoid the oracle that had predicted his life, while at the same time fulfilling his destiny. It was fate that prompted Laius’ father to journey to Delphi in order to discover the fate of his own son, Oedipus. Also, it was fated that made Laius and Jocaste decide to execute their child.
If Oedipus would have never known his fate, he could have lived a happy life as king of Thebes with his wife and kids. But, instead he was constantly worrying about the prophecy and trying to prevent it from happening. As a result, he ended up doing exactly what the prophecy said he would do.
I think that Oedipus is more of a victim of circumstance than anything else. If his parents had not tried to avoid the prophecy, if they had just accepted it, then none of the tragedy that followed would have happened. Oedipus would never have killed his father or married his mother. His children would never have been cursed.