Oedipus Rex

Would Oedipus have been better off if he was blind to the knowledge of his birth
and the fate which was foretold to someday befall him?His life would have been a far
easier path had he never known about his true origins.Without the burden of this
knowledge life in Corinth would have been long and prosperous, and Thebes would have
lived on under King Laius.In fact, everyone would have been better in the end if Oedipus
had not ventured out beyond the walls of Corinth.If Oedipus would have accepted who
he was in Corinth and not gone in search of who he truly was, he would have been fine,
but he did.He found out his fate from the seer and ran away trying to change it.Oedipus
would find that he was not able to change his fate, likely due to personal flaw.As in most
all Greek works one can not change fate but attempts to at their own sorrow.
When in a bar in Corinth Oedipus encountered a drunkard tells Oedipus that he
isn't really the kings son.Sophicles once said "An unexamined life is not worth living." .
Meaning that without looking to see who you are you live unknowing of events to come.
Up to then Oedipus had led an unexamined life, one that was in the dark unknowing as to
what fate lied beyond every turn.Oedipus meets up with a band of travelers who wanted
Oedipus to yield the road to them, but neither would move.When the travelers continued
by Oedipus the man inside hit him on the head and in a
rage Oedipus kills them all except for one.Oedipus has killed his father.Oedipus then
continues onward to Thebes where the Sphinx kills all who can not answer the riddle.Yet
Oedipus answers it and saves the city.In return he is appointed king because King Laius
has been reported dead by the one traveler who escaped.By becoming king of Thebes
Oedipus marries Jocasta, the Queen, his mother.His fate is complete because he has tried
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