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"In Oedipus the king it is impossible to escape the control of the gods" discuss Fate is an unavoidable part of a person's life that may control who we are, what

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"In Oedipus the king it is impossible to escape the control of the gods" discuss Fate is an unavoidable part of a person's life that may control who we are, what we do and what will happen to us. So, regardless of human actions and regardless of emotions and wishes, fate upon each humans being will occur. Fate can be undeserving and cruel, awesome and unchangeable, so much so that no one can change its course. Even when others try hard to help, fate will have its way. Certainly, in Sophocles' tragedy, Oedipus the king was such an individual for even though exercising free will to determine the course of his destiny, fate ultimately had its way in that he is to kill his father and to marry his mother. An individual life is governed by the forces of fate that takes away autonomy and only leaves destiny as the road an individual will travel on. ...read more.


Even when others interfere in one's life, fate will in the end have its way. Jocasta and Laius try to escape the horrible prophecy set down by the god by giving up their new born son to a terrible death. However, the control of the god reign and the baby does not die, but lives. Oedipus, like his real parents tried to exercise free will in determining his destiny rather than that control by the gods. Once Oedipus hears of his fate from the oracle that he is to murder his father and marry his mother , Oedipus flee from Corinth to save his "parents" lives and so shows that he is willing to do anything, including giving up the throne, to make sure the prophecy does not come true. Yet, this very act leads him directly towards his fate, it is fate that drives him towards Thebe, the place where his destiny began. ...read more.


kingly responsibilities, for he claims that "who in his right mind would rather rule and live in anxiety than live in peace, mainly if he enjoys the same authority." Unlike Oedipus who has had his fate set out for him from birth, Creon has not been give with such a tragedy, and so allows "chance to rule his life," "living each day as best he can." Likewise Since human beings often suffer great pains in order to discover their true selves, it is ultimately the powerful and dominant Oedipus, whose "name is known afar," who pays a very high cost for such revelations. At the same time as demonstrate free will to show himself to be a king with little self knowledge, his passionate and dogmatic nature leads him on this path of self- discovery. However, fate also has its way, for ultimately he suffers the indignity of a man who has committed the most dreadful of crimes. ...read more.

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