In Sophocles's Oedipus Tyrannous, Oedipus plays the lead character in the play. Oedipus plays blindfolded throughout the play. His character that he betrays is typical of those who honestly believe they have no part in the situation that occurs. I agree that Oedipus is responsible for the tragic outcome of the play.
Oedipus's investigation of the death of King Laius is the reason for the tragic ending. The scene where Oedipus opens the investigation is the first step toward his downfall. Oedipus covers up the murder and is nervous when he hears the news. It is Oedipus's continuous effort to find the murderer. He wants to find the murderers of the king, not knowing that he is the murderer. Oedipus is the head investigator for the murder of King Laius.
Even though he tells the people of Thebes that, 'I am ready to help.' He promises the people that he would do anything to find the murderers of Laius. Trying to seek all knowledge of the situation, Oedipus requests the presence of the servant that was pardoned. The servant not knowing the request has arrived to give Oedipus some shocking news about his royal family. Oedipus, seeing his responsibility, demands anyone who knows about the murder to come forth.
The City of Thebes is weak and powerless after the death of the king Laius. Oedipus says, 'My spirit grieves for the city, for myself and all of you.' If Oedipus had not proceeded with the investigation no one would know anything about him. Not one moment does he begin to think about the real situation he faces with the death of Laius. Promising the people of Thebes that the murderer will be found through his investigation. Oedipus awaits Creon to return with the oracle from Apollo to help further his investigation. Oedipus is ready to hear the report for the gods.
Creon says, 'Apollo commands us to drive the corruption from the land, and don't harbor the murderer any longer.' After hearing the report he begins to be unfolded by the prophecy from Apollo about the murder. If it had not been for Oedipus's determination to motivation of the investigation, no one would have discovered the murderer. The investigation leads to Oedipus's discovery of more information about the murder and his fate. Oedipus finds out that his fate is to kill. Once he finds out his fate, that he is destined to kill, Oedipus immediately recognizes what needs to be done. Oedipus brings the tragic discovery on himself.
He is responsible for the murder of the King. His life had already been pre-destined by the gods above. No one knew about the fate until the servant arrived. His continuous investigation leads to the truth about the true murderer. After questioning the people of Thebes and hearing the oracle, Oedipus does not understand until he understands his fate. Pursing the truth was not the best thing Oedipus could have done..