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Oedipus and Humanitys Fatal Flaw While the play Oedipus the Wreck was about a king whose reign was destroyed by his own deeds the message contained within the play was much deeper and aimed towards every man and woman That message was that humanitys worst and most unconquerable enemy is their own misgivings One needs only look at Oedipus life to see how this is evident Heres a man who has conquered incredible odds and solved the unsolvable riddle Then again to his fortune the land he saves is without king so they anoint him as king But his good fortune doesnt last forever - in fact these very same events lead to his downfall Upon a closer look we can see that Oedipus had been trying to avoid a horrible prophesied fate In fear of a prophecy which stated he would kill his father and sleep with his mother he ran from his hometown After this he had unknowingly killed his father whom he thought was a stranger and when he became king he fulfilled his prophecy by unknowingly marrying his mother So in fact by trying to avoid his fate he had in fact fulfilled it One could argue that the gods who had announced the prophecy had trapped Oedipus and doomed him to his fate This however undermines the fact that Oedipus himself fled and began the journey that led to the fulfillment of the prophecy It was his own cowardice which made him flee Instead of trying to take fate into his own hands he instead tried to avoid it This was not his only flaw however his own arrogance led him to condemn an innocent man of conspiracy when that man in fact spoke the truth It also led him to deny the truth until he could no longer and this made the realization ever the more horrible In the end his own cowardice
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