Answer any two of the following questions.
- Was there anything Oedipus could have done to avoid his fate?
- In your opinion, was Iocaste guilty of anything? Why did she kill herself?
- Did Oedipus have a tragic flaw that brought about his tragedy?
- Was Oedipus himself guilty of anything?
Let every answer be half a page.
1) Was there anything Oedipus could have done to avoid his fate?
Yes, there was nothing he could have done to avoid his destiny; I trust Oedipus’ primary imperfection is hubris. Hubris is intemperate pride that goes before a fall. It is a family attribute, it appears, as Oedipus’ dad trusted he could trap the divine beings and evade his destiny. Oedipus himself is blinded by his hubris, first allegorically and after that literally. He declines to regard notices and continues as he, not the divine beings, sees fit. He tries to pay for his hubris by blinding himself; however, I would contend that this activity itself is a hubristic demonstration. At the end of the day, Oedipus tries to decide his particular destiny instead of leaving his discipline to the divine beings.
2) Was Oedipus himself guilty of anything?
Yes, he is guilty. In Oedipus’ story, his blemishes are utilized to make him endure; Fate and Fate are created by the divine beings which dictate suffering. His major appalling blemishes are determination and lack of awareness that created his unavoidable destiny. Both tirelessness and obliviousness can be bolstered with a case from Oedipus’ experience with Teiresias. And that was his primary guilt.