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What is the role of fate in the tragic plays "Oedipus" by Sophocles and "Miss Julie" by Strindberg?

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What is the role of fate in the tragic plays Oedipus by Sophocles and miss Julie by Strindberg Fate has been used by august Strindberg in his play Miss Julie and Sophocles in his play Oedipus in many different aspects that lead to one final result, both of them ending up in misery. The plays are written on the lines of Aristotelian tragedy, and besides the tragic flaws of the protagonists, fate too acted as a malignant force leading the characters through an ordeal. However the way in which their fate was carried out was completely different as the fate of Miss Julie was self inflicted and the fate in Oedipus was the will of the gods. In this essay I will analyze the way fate has been used by the authors. First I will look at Miss Julie. In the play the author Strindberg gave the main female protagonist Miss Julie hysteria where during his time this was used to describe women who had sexual desires but didn?t believe that they did. We can see this in the play where she was sexually attracted to Jean and begins to flirt with him. ...read more.

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But fate made that shepherd its instrument, and it so happened that the shepherd instead of killing the baby took him to the royal palace of his home town and handed then baby to King Polybos and Queen Merope. However in the end we see that Oedipus does fulfil the prophecy which shows that even though he tried to escape his fate the oracle was true from the start. From this we can see how Sophocles used his (Oedipus) destiny to develop the story and that he couldn?t run away from the will of the gods. The entire play is woven by irony. "O god-all come true, all burst to light! O light-now let me look my last on you! I stand revealed at last-cursed in my birth, cursed in marriage, cursed in the lives I cut down with these hands!" Now we compare the fate in both the plays and how the authors have been successful in using it. As Miss Julie has hysteria she subconsciously wanted to get sexually closer to jean and consciously never accepted it which then caused her to reach the climax, which was the point where they had sex. ...read more.

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In conclusion we can see how both authors August Strindberg and Sophocles had used fate to develop the plot and made it as a major theme of their plays, because in both the plays we see that each character is destined to end up in misery. Oedipus blinds himself with the pins while Miss Julie commits suicide. The fate is responsible for the transformation of their going metaphorically blind with the development of the plot. It was also fate that developed hamartia in the character of Oedipus. He openly rebukes people who were subordinated to him, behaving in an irresponsible way with his subjects. Fate makes his sufferings so intense that he becomes a subject of our pity. As it behoves the Greek tragic vision, the character of Oedipus is swayed by the malignant role of fate and hubris. And it was also fate that made a noble woman like Miss Julie fall into the ruts of a degenerate woman-it is the tragedy of a woman who dared to challenge the fate by attempting to overcome the cultural, environmental and gender forces of her time. * ...read more.

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