Essay #2 – Oedipus Analysis
Oedipus Rex is considered as the perfection of tragedy and the model for all tragedies. Oedipus is a tragic character because he is a great man with several great ideals and he had a great commitment to seeking the truth and eventually, discovers a solution to the problems of his country, Thebes. Like all tragic characters, he has a fatal weakness. As a tragic character, Oedipus has his particular fatal flaw. His harmatia is that he is too arrogant and proud and assumes a lot about this comprehension and his abilities in controlling his life. He cannot control reality, fate, time and even how the element of chance occurs in his life. He has several instances of wrong judgments and also a bad temper. The error of a tragic character is mainly the error of judgment according to Aristotle. Oedipus does not judge his situation correctly. In this issue, it is highly debatable as to whether the murder of a life altering stranger and also marrying a consort can be viewed as crimes (Bloom, 2007). However, due to his assumptions concerning his abilities, he disobeyed the ways of the gods and also his destiny. In his confidence on all that he perceives to be true, he attempts and temporarily succeeds in escaping from his professed evil fate. He then kills his father, marries his mother without having doubts concerning his actions.
His defiance of his predestined fate would be a great crime during the time of Sophocles. At least, the audience can clearly comprehend that Sophocles seems to suggest that during his time, the people that were trying to emphasize greatly on the potential of man and the capacities of understanding, action and molding their lives. Our 21st-century evaluation of the actions of Oedipus and that of Sophocles is that it is morally wrong to dismiss what fate has bestowed for us in the future.
It seems that Oedipus may have avoided his unfortunate destiny if he had taken all the necessary...