In the play Oedipus the King by Sophocles, Oedipus was a true victim of fate.

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Megan Sees                                                                                        

Mrs. Boggio

AP Literature

17 November 2011

Does Something Out There Determine Your Fate?

Among the first thing a historian discovers in his study of early civilization are records of people's belief, or faith, in powers greater than themselves, and their desire to understand what causes these people to act. Some believe in free will while others believe in fate or destiny (Nortwick). In the play Oedipus the King by Sophocles, Oedipus was a true victim of fate. Gods and goddesses were believed to be responsible for the wonders of science, and the fantasies of human nature; therefore, according to the facts of his story, Oedipus was a true victim of fate for several reasons. Laius and Jocasta, the childless king and queen of Thebes, were told by the god Apollo that their son would kill his father and marry his mother, having children of his own with his mother, blinding himself, and finally death.

The logic of Oedipus' misbehavior is actually quite obvious, and Oedipus' father, King Laius, also has a similar attitude and misbehavior. They both had unfortunate destinies. Laius was destined to be killed by his own son, and Oedipus was destined to kill his father and marry his mother. This was the threatening verdict from the Oracle at

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Delphi. King Laius feared the Oracle's announcement and had his son, the one and only Oedipus, abandoned on a mountain with spikes as nails through his ankles so that he would remain there to eventually die (Sophocles). And yet, his attempt to obstruct fate was a failure, because a shepherd happened to come upon the young Oedipus and released him from death. The shepherd then gave the young boy to a nearby king who raised him as his own, and consequently named him Oedipus, which meant "swollen feet" (Parada). Upon Oedipus' rising to manhood, the Oracle at Delphi ...

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