Fate Vs. Free Will In Oedipus Rex

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Over the summer a new series emerged on Netflix. The show stars several kids in a 1980’s town in Indiana that are on a hunt for a missing boy. Way back around 430 BCE, a story was written by Sophocles. It features a man on the hunt for truth. My hope is that this paper will be able to bring in some ideas from each story that connect with each other. I also hope that this will not be a spoiler alert if you haven’t yet finished the series. Perhaps one of the most obvious comparisons would be the issue of a painful past. King Oedipus was originally meant to be killed. After meeting with a prophet his parents were told that Oedipus would kill his father and marry his mother. After hearing this news, the parents thought that it would be best to …show more content…
free will! “It will happen. My silence can’t stop it.” “If it must happen, you should tell me now.” (Lines 411-412). Tiresias tells Oedipus that his fate is already determined. It has already happened. Oedipus is constantly struggling with this theme of fate versus free will. Kreon and Tiresias keep telling him of his fate, yet he doesn’t believe them. All throughout the story, he is trying to find a way around what is supposed to happen to him, when in reality, it is already too late. He was told that he would kill his father and marry his mother, and yet he has unknowingly already done so. Throughout the story, what he doesn’t realize is that he has already fallen into his own fate. However, Oedipus does acknowledge that it is impossible to avoid fate, but how you react to it is a matter of free will. Stanger Things leaves the audience constantly questioning what is really happening with Will. Is he really alive? Or is this entire series just in his mother’s head? The audience is left to decide for themselves throughout the series the true fate of Will. His fate can be determined from the very beginning. He was killed and all of this fighting his mother does is for nothing. But, it could also be drawn out. All of this fighting could be for the return of her son. It is his fate that is already determined; he is currently lost or dead. However, it is the free will of the mother to keep pushing and fighting to find her son. Both stories toss the idea of fate over free will around. The main characters are trying to decide their fate or the fate of

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