• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

"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

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

"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.

Middle

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.

Conclusion

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.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Classics section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Classics essays

  1. To determine the indicator range of some acid-base indicators

    After that, the same number of drop of indicator was added to beaker 1 and beaker 2. Determination of indicator range 1cm3 of 0.1 M sodium hydroxide solution was added each at a time to beaker 3 and the contents were mixed thoroughly.

  2. Portrayal of blindness in The Outsider and Oedipus the King

    This is shown in the phrases "cymbals of sunlight, dazzling spear, and scorching blade stabbed at my stinging eyes."

  1. Review of Oedipus the King

    role they play in making the play the lasting work it is. Oedipus Rex, written in the style of a play thus seems to have no narrative point of view at all. For instance, instead of merely saying what is happening, Sophocles reveals the events transpiring through use of the

  2. How much of ones life is governed by fate?

    I am not sure whether it is still strongly believed in Greek culture, but for the people that lived back in the era where it was widely thought, it is quite visible to see that they would have strongly believed that these "fates" determined their lives and were responsible for their actions.

  1. "In the play, 'Oedipus the King' Sophocles argues that it is fate not the ...

    People from all over Greece came to Delphi, with offerings to the gods in exchange for prophecies. Oedipus, like any other Greek believed that the truth lay with the gods Oracle in Delphi. At Delphi, Apollo reveals Oedipus' fate: he is fated to couple with his mother, bring a breed

  2. Jason behaves so badly that it is impossible for us to sympathise with his ...

    The fact that the tutor does not seem to believe that Jason would ever abandon his sons and the audience know Jason did, also reduces our sympathy for him as we know that he is in fact as unfeeling as 'to send these boys / Away from here - to banish them, and their mother too.'

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work