The Role Of Fate In Oedipus Rex — страница 2

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by Oedipus, Eteocles and Polynices met on the battlefield and killed each other. Creon was once again made king of Thebes. His first act as king was to give Eteocles a state funeral. He condemned Polynices as a traitor and would not allow his body to be buried. Antigone would not allow this to happen and defied Creon by burying her brother. Creon was astonished by Antigone’s defiance and ordered her to die. With Antigone’s death the legacy of Oedipus was complete. Not only was one life full of suffering, but those of his children were also. If not for fate, much of the despair in the lives of Oedipus and his children could have been averted. Oedipus and Laius were both far too stubborn for their own well being, that much is true, but it was fate that brought that bundle of

pride together in the first place. Fate is also responsible for Oedipus’s glory in death. It just so happens that he stopped to rest in the grove at Colonus. Colonus was ruled by the Athenians and King Theseus. The compassion of Theseus towards Oedipus allowed him to die with a bit of dignity. Fate can also be held responsible for the meeting of Eteocles and Polynices on the battlefield. The odds of both of them surviving to combat each other in a huge battle could not have been to good. If fate had not played it’s hand, one of them probably would have died somewhere else on the battlefield. Antigone and Ismene seemed to be innocent victims of the fates of their father and brothers. Neither of them did anything wrong, yet neither of them had any happiness in their lives. When

they were small children, their mother hung herself and Oedipus poked his eyes out. Antigone wasted her life leading her blind father around, sharing in his misery. Ismene had live with the fact that she was inbred and her family was cursed by the gods. Eventually Antigone’s life ended in despair to. She was separated from her fianc and died as a traitor to the state. Oedipus and his lineage were ill fated from the start and never really had much of a chance.