Antigone Fate Vs Free Will

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In a speech by Paulo Coelho, he stated, “I can control my destiny, but not my fate. Destiny means there are opportunities to turn right or left, but fate is a one-way street. I believe we all have the choice as to whether we fulfil our destiny, but our fate is sealed” (Fate Quotes). This shows the idea of fate vs free will. It demonstrations how ones fate is controlled by God, but one has the choice to determine how they will react to his or her own fate. In Sophocles writings of Oedipus the King and Antigone, they both show the theme of fate and free will; however Oedipus the King shows the theme through its main characters; Teiresias and Oedipus, while Antigone shows this theme through its plot.
The blind Prophet, Teiresias, shows how the
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Further, Antigone, the niece of the ruler Creon, developed anger towards her uncle as he did not give Polynices a proper burial. Antigone showed a rebellious attitude toward Creon’s actions, “To die in the attempt, if it’s a crime, Then it’s a crime that god commands” (Sophocles, Antigone 4). During the prologue, it is revealed that Antigone believes that divine laws are man’s laws. She realizes that god has control over whether she lives or dies. However, Creon believes in a different set of guidelines. Creon does not want to show any remorse to Polynices or Antigone even when Teiresias says, “By doing so, you will be able to save Thebes” (Sophocles, Antigone 23). Teiresias tries to warn Creon of his fate, but Creon does not believe him. During the episode, this event showed another example of how god controlled ones fate. Nevertheless, Creon did not take Teiresias’ word and in doing so Creon fell to his own demise. During the exodus the Chorus established that “The Main requirement is to be sensible. This means not rebelling against God’s law, for that is arrogance. The greater your arrogance, the heavier God’s revenge. (Sophocles, Antigone 30). This showed how one should not try to alter his or her own fate, as it will only cause more troubles for oneself in the end. As Antigone progresses it becomes clearer that fate and free made a lasting occurrence throughout the entire

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