The fate of Oedipus, king of Thebes is meaningful in regard of prophecy. His whole life is a continuous investigation of his own crimes, contiguous search for the truth, consisting of a set of local clues. Oedipus’s crimes itself are a detail of this investigation, which began long before the birth of the hero. The prophecy of the Delphic oracle turned out to be the impetus for action and the cause of the beginning of the conscious activity of Oedipus, which led to the disaster. Thus, the potential energy of the prophecy is replaced with the kinetic energy: prophecy (i.e. information) in the fate of Oedipus becomes the meaning of his actions. The prophecy given to Laius before the birth of Oedipus was a part of the prophecy given later to Oedipus.
Laius received the prophecy that his son would kill him. Oedipus later got the prophecy about not returning to his homeland, for he would kill his father and marry his mother.
Andre Bonnard in one of his articles calls the fate of Oedipus an infernal machine that gradually turns on more and more mechanisms for the destruction of an innocent human being. This machine is Rock; it operates independently of the actions, desires and knowledge of the individual. Rock is primarily the inevitable, taking away the right to choose when each forced move inevitably leads to the loss.
Did fate give the right to choose to Laius, Jocasta, and Oedipus, or they themselves have created their own Rock with their actions?
Even if we assume that Delphic prophecies are objective will of the gods, a man still has freedom of subjective reaction. The gods put conditions and people can differently react to them. A man corrects the future, even the one that has been predicted: the movement of unknown concerns only the general strategy of life. The tactics of live is given to a man, and this is the possibility for a man to construct their own destiny, because a multitude of tactical movements, folded together, can radically change the initial strategic plan. So, not only unknown affects a person, but also a person affects the unknown.
In the tragedy by Sophocles, Oedipus and his wife, who, as it turns out, is also his mother Jocasta, talk about imaginary prophecies and their political commitment, which is also associated with the realities of Athens in the 5th century, where oracles served as an element of political technology. Every political leader had his prophets who under his command interpreted and even composed of prophecies.
The fate of Oedipus, king of Thebes is meaningful in regard of prophecy. His whole life is a continuous investigation of his own crimes, contiguous search for the truth, consisting of a set of local clues. Oedipus’s crimes itself are a detail of this investigation, which began long before the birth of the hero.