Oedipus was not a child of good fortune, that much can be apparent just from reading it. But when you really dive into the story you can truly see he comes from a large string of tragedy that is tied to his fate. Throughout the story you see Oedipus and his denial of what he was told to be his fate. The reason this is so is because his fate was truly a horrible one. Within this story the idea of irony within tragedy is revealed, it just so happens that while trying to avoid his horrid fate he actually caused it, there in lies the irony of the story. What is interesting is the severity of the entire situation comes not from Oedipus’s actions but his ignorance when presented with the information. This story is in my own opinion totally over exaggerated version of a tragedy, with the hanging of the mother to Oedipus stabbing his own eyes out, I feel as if this is not to discern a tragedy from other genres but to really emphasize the elements that are so often apparent in a tragedy.