Oedipus: Arrogance and Destiny
It would be fair to say that in a person blinded by fate and circumstances, arrogance is both inevitable and inescapable. In Sophocles’ Oedipus, the arrogance of the king is his destiny, which blinds him but eventually allows him to alleviate the burden of ambiguity burdening his heart. The role which destiny plays in human lives is one of the central themes of Sophocles’ Oedipus. Oedipus is a bright embodiment of the tragic circumstances that predetermine human choices. Throughout his life, Oedipus is predetermined to follow a particular path, which changes his life and makes it impossible for him to avoid major difficulties. Oedipus seeks answers to the most problematic questions, which, in turn, push him to follow a particular path: “One clue might lead us far, With but a spark of hope to guide our quest” (Sophocles, n.d.). Oedipus realizes that his quest for answers may guide him far and he cannot change it. However, he does not know that, once having chosen this way, he will not have a chance to change his direction. In this sense, Oedipus is the reflection of the major traditions that shaped human choices in ancient times. At that time, one of the central beliefs was that individuals could not avoid their pre-defined destiny. Like many contemporaries, Oedipus will not be able to avoid the prophecy until he meets the murderer of king Laius and answers his questions.