Justice in Oedpius the King Oedipus King essays
Justice in Oedpius the King



����� Oedipus is not formally charged with any crimes.� He does manage

however to commit incest, and murder.�� His father is cursed.� The curse

states that his son will kill him and marry his wife.� These facts are

discovered in the introductory, "...if laius , king of thebes, had a son by

jocasta, his queen, that son would kill his father and marry his mother.

Laius in light of these facts has Oedipus abandoned as a child.� Another

family raises him as their own.



����� Oedipus was on his way to town when he encountered a carriage.

Some negative events transpired and Oedipus kills the entire caravan.� He

continues on towards the city only to find that a sphinx was terrorizing

the city with a riddle.� It killed every man that answered the riddle

incorrectly.� Oedipus arrived at the solution and saves the city.� He� is

immediately proclaimed King.� He does not know he has killed the former

King nor do the people.� He marries the queen which just happens to be his

biological mother and has children by her.� " ...child of impurity,

begetter in the same seed that created my wretched self."



����� Oedipus does not try to defend his actions.� In fact he blames

himself as quoted from the story "Light of the sun, let me look upon you no

more after today!� I who first saw you the light bred of a match accursed,

and accursed ." The consequences of his actions are harsh.� He stabs his

own eyes out and his wife/mother took her own life.



������� Justice is defined as "the abstract principle by which right and

wrong are defined."� Utilizing this definition pertaining to the story

Justice has not been served.� Since Oedipus's actions were predetermined by

the gods, he should not have to face the consequences.� Even though he was

not mentally responsible for his actions he decided to punish himself.� He

stabbed his eyes out and his wife/mother took her own life.