It keeps occuring to me that several characters such as Jocasta and Tiresias keep mentioning that if Oesdipus does not know that fate has happened and that he trying to flee something that has already occured everythig would be OK. To put it more simply, "is it necessary to know the truth about ones fate and if it has occured or not". WOuldn't Oedipus be happier if he never had to find out, wouldn't everyone be alot happier if Jocasta and her husband had never had to know that their son would hurt everyone including us the people who have to read Oedipus the King?

Interesting posts so far...but don't forget textual support. Add quotes to support your ideas, please.

In the case of Oedipus, it isn't ok. His whole view as being ruler is doing whatever is best for his people. Jocasta was just trying to protect her husband/son from himself. Oedipus would do anything and everything in his power to bring the curse barer to justice. He never expected it would be himself though, but when he did find out he had Creon exile him forever selflessly sacrificing himself for his people. He would have rather had himself suffer than have the people who loved him suffer anymore. (Ben)

I think that Jocasta and her husband Laius would have been happier if they wouldn’t have known their sons fate, because then they most likely would have all stayed alive and Oedipus would not have married his mother or killed his dad most likely, unless he’s an incest weirdo and his mom is too and they would have married anyways, but I highly doubt that. Putting that aside I don’t think Oedipus would have been happier, like Ben says “his whole view as being ruler is doing whatever is best for his people” if he hadn’t know his fate, he wouldn’t have had a clue to who the curse barer is, and he would have to see his people die. Even with Oedipus knowing his fate he just found out through his determinism as he kept on pushing and prying for answers for his questions, the questions he had about his fate, which occurred from him knowing his fate. So bluntly he wouldn’t have had those questions if he didn’t know his fate, making him an unhappier person as he couldn’t have saved his people. - Jeff

I guess the saying "ignorance is bliss" is really appropriate in this play. Tiresias says "How terrible -- to see the truth when the truth is only pain to him who sees!" (360) and also "Just send me home. You bear your burdens, I'll bear mine. It's better that way, please believe me."(364-366). It seems as though everyone would have been happier if they stayed ignorant. HOWEVER, Sophocles/Greek Mythology, is clever in that Apollo says that Thebes will continue to be ruined unless Laius' killer is found. In this way, Oedipus is forced to bear his burden and find out the truth in order to save his own people. - Choon