In the tragedy, “Oedipus the King”, the main characters,especially Oedipus has his fate determined by the time he is born bythe oracles. It was forecasted that Oedipus would end the life of hisfather and engage in sexual activity with his mother after marryingher. This was revealed to his parents, Jocasta and Laius.Furthermore, this is also revealed to him hence his reason to runaway from Corinth, his home town (Keitlen 44). After thisrealization, Oedipus runs away to Thebes where he solves a complexsituation and is made the king. It is evident that he made attemptsto escape the tragedy. He moved from Corinth to Thebes since hebelieved his parents were in Corinth.
His fate would follow him in Thebes as a king. His actual father,Laius, who was the former Thebes king, was killed. Oedipus marriesJocasta since she was a widow only to realize later that it was hismother. After he vows to find Laius’s killers in order to end aplague in Thebes, he hires a prophet from Corinth to identify thekillers (Keitlen 59). Unfortunately, it is revealed to him that hewas the killer. Therefore, by trying to run away from his hometown,Oedipus helps in the fulfillment of his destiny and fate. All aspectsin the play work towards the fulfillment of the fate. The presence ofthe plague and the situation that Oedipus solved in order to becomeking are aimed at ensuring that the prophecy is fulfilled.
By trying to find out her fate and that of her son, Jocasta ends herlife and leaves her son devastated and blind. It is evident that herefforts to explore the fate lead to extreme suffering. Sine fatecannot be changed and it must eventually happen, there seems to be noneed to explore it.
Keitlen, Seymour. Oedipus complex: APhilosophical Study. College Station, TX: Virtualbookworm.com,2013. Print.