Analysis Of ' Oedipus The King ' Essay

903 Words Apr 14th, 2016 4 Pages
Responsibility
Oedipus the King, a famous tragedy by Sophocles, tells the story of King Oedipus, a man whose entire life is a fulfillment of a prophecy. Unfortunately, Oedipus is unwitting and fulfills the prophecy that entails him killing his father and marrying his mother. Among the major themes in the story is responsibility (Charters and Samuel 67). Despite his ignorance of his role in the tragedy, Oedipus comes out as a responsible man and king who sought to protect his integrity as the discussion below portrays.
The play opens with Oedipus taking responsibility as a king Thebes. A serious drought ravages through the kingdom. Oedipus, the king, and ruler of the territory, takes responsibility as he sets out to discover the cause of the drought thus devise a functional remedy. He sends Creon, his brother in law to the Oracle of Delphi to seek advice about the drought. The act shows how the king takes responsibility for the problems facing his kingdom. He engages the people of Thebes and calls them his children “I thought it wrong, my children, to hear the truth from others, messengers. Here I am myself—you all know me, the world knows my fame: I am Oedipus” (Section 1, Lines 6-9). The act portrays the level of intimacy he has with the people thus his commitment to resolving the problems they face.
His quest to resolve the drought and enhance the food security and comfort of his people reveals a series of challenges to which the king responds by taking personal…

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