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In the story Oedipus the King by Sophocles, Oedipus uses his free will to make choices. He chooses to curse the killer, find the truth about his childhood, and blinds himself.

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Free will is choosing your own fate Fate does not exist because your future is based on your own personal decisions. Fate is believing that your life is based on the decisions of a higher power and their plan for you. You are responsible for the choices you make and their outcomes. People are faced with thousands of choices every day, if they choose to make the wrong choice they have no one to blame but themselves. In the story Oedipus the King by Sophocles, Oedipus uses his free will to make choices. He chooses to curse the killer, find the truth about his childhood, and blinds himself. In the beginning of the play when the outbreak of plague in Thebes that could only be stopped by finding King Laius' killer. ...read more.

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Oedipus wanted to find out the truth about his past. Jocasta and Laius were Oedipus' parents. His wife, Jocasta, told him to "Stop in the name of god, if you love your own life, call off this search! My suffering is enough. Listen to me" (1603-1605). Oedipus replied, "Listen to you? No more. I must know it all, I must see the truth at last" (1169-1170). These quotes prove that Oedipus uses free will to find the truth out about his parents. When Jocasta pleads for him to not look for the truth he does not listen to her. Oedipus found the truth and was not thrilled with the answer. Stabbing yourself in the eye and blinding yourself is free will. ...read more.

Conclusion

Blind from this hour on! Blind in the darkness, blind!" (1402-1411). He chooses to blind himself instead of facing his responsibilities and accept the past and move on. Oedipus uses free will to make his own decisions therefore making his own fate. He chooses to make the killer of Laius live alone in the mountains. He also decided to keep searching for the truth about his past even though Jocasta told him it was not a good idea. Oedipus stabs himself in the eyes and causes himself to go blind, that was his own free will. Oedipus wanted to make his own fate and keep his future in his own hands. He needed to be responsible for his own actions and it could've cost him his life. Having free will is the ability to design your own personal fate. ?? ?? ?? ?? Stum 1 ...read more.

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