Oedipus Was Not The True Boy Of Polybus
One night, after a typical banquet at the kingdom in Corinth, a guy who had actually consumed much white wine and appeared drunk informed Oedipus that he was not the true boy of Polybus. Frustrated by this though, Oedipus questioned his “moms and dads” who picked to infuriate the drunk rather then answer the concern, which led Oedipus to leave Corinth in search of the oracle Apollo at Delphi for responses, nevertheless he would only share with Oedipus his future that he would kill his daddy and “to lie with my mom and beget children.
After hearing of his so called future, Oedipus chose that he would not take even the slightest risk of eliminating his precious father Polybus and hence he fled as far from Corinth as he could in order to prevent this awful future of happening. Unwittingly, Oedipus had arrived to Thebes where his real moms and dads were in power, which here he would fulfill the prediction he so disliked. After using his vast understanding in defeating the Sphinx, king Oedipus and his beloved topics now face the fantastic pester, which has been cast upon Thebes.
In spite of this tragedy Sophocles represents Oedipus as a decent father figure who has enormous love for his topics, which he treats them as his own kids. Oedipus explains to his children his sadness, that he grieves and sheds lots of tears for the city, and “however sick though you might be, there is not one of you as sick as I.” As Oedipus informs this to his subjects, he shows to the audience that he is an enthusiastic and safe guy who wishes to do absolutely nothing but good for the city and the people of Thebes that he likes.
As he learns that the pester has been brought upon his precious Thebes due to the murder of Laius, Oedipus sets out on a full-fledged search to find this immoral man. Oedipus, in effort to try and find the criminal, first calmly asks if anyone can reveal who this wicked murderer was. After a period of silence Oedipus chooses to curse the man who has actually dedicated this wicked act, which this male needs to pass away a horrific death, as he needs to also be excommunicated from the terrific city of Thebes, even if he were to come from the house of Oedipus.
Through the tone of his speech, it is clear how much hate and anger Oedipus does have in truth for this wrongdoer, due to the discomfort he has caused upon his topics, and that Oedipus will not be content until justice has been served. Therefore the audience can translucent Sophocles’ usage of irony that Oedipus is unaware that he is in-fact the evil criminal that he has an excellent hatred toward and has actually cursed busily.
It is no surprise to the audience through the tone of his speech to the chorus, and the way he busily cursed the wicked wrongdoer that Oedipus was a safe and passionate man, who just wanted to help his cherished city of Thebes. Nevertheless he was likewise unconcerned, as he believed by moving far from Corinth, even after the drunkards alerting, he had escaped his supreme fate. Hence although Oedipus did utilize his freewill in order to bring upon his physical downfall, through the gouging of his eyes, ultimately his downfall was caused by his failed effort to evade his disastrous fate.