Determinism vs Freewill Essay
Throughout the play, many characters encounter situations where the decisions they make alter the outcome of their futures. In the play Oedipus the King, characters such as Jocasta, Laius and Oedipus face decisions and then subsequently struggle with the emanations of making such choices. "... fate would make him meet his end through a son, a son of his and mine... Is left by Laius (through other hands of course) upon a trackless hillside." …show more content…
Much like Oedipus, his mother/wife Jocasta makes the same mistake which was a reluctantcy to face her shortcomings. “So there! Apollo fails to make the son his father’s murderer, and the father (Laius sick with dread) murdered by his son. All foreseen by fate and seers, of course, and all to be forgotten” (Jocasta Pg40). After abandoning Oedipus at infancy, Jocasta and Laius choose to believe, despite having no proof that their child was dead, and the oracle’s prophecy was over. The prophecy that her son will kill his own father, and marry his mother may be preordained. But Jocasta still could’ve had the power to shape her own destiny by making different choices. However, Jocasta chooses to overlook all the given clues and remain insensible, which resulted in her failure at being a mother, a wife, and the captain of her own life.