Fate and Freewill in Oedipus The King<br />Presented By<br />Wendy O’Brien, Elinda Peguese, Diane Poland, Nadine Samuel, Jacqueline Scott, Calana Smith, Gwendolyn Terry, <br />and Michael Veach<br />
IMAGES AND REFERENCES<br /><ul><li> Oedipus the King volunteers to </li></ul>solve the murder of King Laius, <br />references freewill.<br /><ul><li> Tiresias said “you bear your burdens, I’ll bear mine” and “what will come will come”, references fate.
Jocasta saying “nothing human can penetrate the future, references fate.
Jocasta’s suicide, references freewill</li></ul> Oedipus gauging out his eyes, <br /> references freewill<br />Oedipus request to be exiled to the <br /> Cithaeron Mountains, references <br /> fate.<br />
CONTRAST AND IRONY<br /><ul><li> King Laius and Oedipus try to control their fate.
Oedipus is hailed as the blessed savior of Thebes but his actions brought the plague against Thebes. He ultimately curses himself by openly condemning King Lauis’s murderer.
Oedipus can answer the riddle of the Sphinx but could not make heads or tails of his true identity from the Oracles prediction.
Oedipus criticizes blind Tiresias as a prophet but losses his sight when he begins to understand his fate and the repercussions of his actions.</li></li></ul><li>CONTRAST AND IRONY<br /><ul><li>Jocasta tries to convince Oedipus Tiresias knowledge is not important . However, she pushes Oedipus to the truth ultimately learning she married her biological son.
Oedipus was sent to Cithaeron to die at birth but wishes to return to Cithaeron to die when his destiny and actions catches up to him.</li></li></ul><li>HEIGHTENING OF THE CONRAST AND IRONY<br />Oedipus’ desire to solve the murder of King Laius.<br />The confrontations between Oedipus and the seer Tiresias<br />Jocasta’s role and actions in this drama<br />Oedipus’ exile to Cithaeron<br />
THE TRADGEDY OF FATE AND FREEWILL<br />Was the fall of Oedipus as a result of FATE or a consequence of his own FREEWILL?<br />THE END OF KING OEDIPUS PROVOKE EMOTIONS OF FEAR AND PITY.<br />The occasions of self-injury and suicide call to mind the tenacity of life. Oedipus chooses to fight desperately to control the fate spoken over his life. <br />Tragedy~ an action that rises and falls because of a certain error.<br />The innermost religious beliefs of the reader and audiences is challenged thus heightening the feeling of tragedy in Sophocles “Oedipus the King”.<br />Dramatic unraveling of the fate of the idealized Oedipus.<br />
Three Secondary SOURCES’ reflection on the theme of “fate and freewill”<br />Robert Fagles (1984) Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oedipus_the_King<br />SuziNaiburg, Ph.D., L.I.C.S.W., Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 16(4):445-463, 2006<br />John A. Weigel,“Chapter 5: A Hidden God: Oedipus The King”. Sophocles. Ruth Scodel. Twayne World Author Series 731. Boston: Twayne Publishers, 1984.<br />
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