While Oedipus is often taught as a story about fate, the story could be reinterpreted today as a story about how we are able to gaslight people into guilt without proper evidence. Although we like to believe that the Gods are all powerful and knowing, the story begins with the Oracle defeated the Sphinx, a powerful God that was attacking Thebes. From the beginning of the story, we see that the Gods can be outsmarted and defeated. Therefore, the prophesies are not evidence enough to show that Oedipus is the son of Jocasta because the Gods are flawed.
Furthermore, Fosso is able to show other inconsistencies between the death of the old King and Oedipus’s narrative of how he killed a wanderer. In our translation of the play, it is mentioned that “Chorus 5: He was the victim of an ambush. Many men it seems, came and slaughtered him.” However, in Oedipus’s narrative of events, he alone killed the man and his men. This inconsistency is vital because it is sound proof evidence that is neglected. Rather than compare narratives, Oedipus and Jocasta focus on what the Gods have said to them.
In “Oedipus Crux: Reasonable Doubt in Oedipus the King”