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The theme of fate and tragedy in "Oedipus the King".

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Oedipus the king The theme of fate and tragedy in this play is key throughout and so in this essay I will be looking at both sides of Oedipus' downfall whether that be the fact that no one can escape the gods or just the fact that he deserved his fate. The whole of this play links to hubris and nemesis which basically means that if you have done bad things but have great power then there is a fall coming. All of this is linked to the story of icarus who flew too close to the sun. First of all I will be looking to see if he deserved or could have prevented his downfall. ...read more.

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This unfortunate mishap he would live to regret because the one survivor remembered that it was just one man who killed the king and not a group as was previously thought. Not only was this shepard/survivor responsible for his downfall he was also responsible for keeping him alive. Oedipus' actions were not the only thing which contributed to his fate. His personality also let him down. For example his argument with Creon flags up qualities which lead to his fate. Creon talks about how Oedipus has eyes but is yet so blind, and this is shown when Jocasta realises what is going on before Oedipus. ...read more.

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When Creon foreshadows the events that are to come such as Oedipus tearing out his eyes, the audience knows at this point that Oedipus has gone past the point of no return, no matter what happens. We know this because Creon speaks to Apollo and of course the gods cannot be seen as being wrong. Overall, I think that the gods and his own self have their part to play in his downfall. I think this play shows hubris and nemesis perfectly because this play shows that the gods and your personality will play a part in your fate. King Oedipus was not solely responsible for his fate; there were influences from other people in his life that helped contribute to it. ...read more.

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