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Oedipus the King, written by Sophocles, is a tragedy that shows us no matter how much free will we have in controlling our lives fate is the inevitable determining factor in the end result.
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Oedipus the King, written by Sophocles, is a tragedy that shows us no
matter how much free will we have in controlling our lives fate is the
inevitable determining factor in the end result. Oedipus was a victim
of fate and there was no escaping his future. Even before Oedipus was
born, the Gods had control of his destiny; an oracle told his
biological father Laius, that his son would be his murderer and would
marry his mother. Laius and his mother Jocasta abandoned him and left
him for dead because of this prophecy. A Shepard found him and took
him to Corinth and presented the baby to the childless King Polybus
and Queen Merope, who adopted him and raised him as their own.
Later on in Oedipus's life, a drunkard told him that he was not the
true son of Merope and Polybus; Oedipus asked his adopted parents
about this claim who told him that it was a lie. Now full of doubts
and questions, Oedipus seeks the oracle at Delphi where he
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