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Fate and free will.

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Fate and Free Will

Fate is described as the power that determines the outcome of events before they occur, while free will is the act of freedom towards a decision. Oedipus's fate was determined before he was born, yet he took it into his own free will to end up the way he did.

The role of fate was simple; Oedipus would kill his father and marry his mother. Oedipus tried to prevent his fate by running away from his alleged parents, but the gods would still cause a catastrophe in Oedipus's life. The powers of the gods determined the events that occurred, such as, him marrying his actual mother and killing his father.

One example of Oedipus's free will was the fact that he took it upon himself to travel from Corinth to Thebes so that he would not have the opportunity to kill his adopted father and marry his adopted mother. Another example of Oedipus showing free will arose when he killed Laius. He could have let Laius pass without any confrontation but instead killed him over who would pass in the street first. This caused a lot of turmoil

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