Fate And Fate In Sophocles Oedipus Rex

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Chance, or lack thereof, is one of the reoccurring themes in Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex. Throughout the plot of the story, Oedipus encounters situations that cause him to make irrational and quick decisions. These decisions lead him to his ultimate fate, marrying his mother and killing his father. Oedipus’ life is not up to fate, the decisions he makes are ultimately reflected in the ending of the tragedy; without these decisions, there would be no plot, they are essential to the progression of the play. As Jokasta is speaking to Oedipus, she tells him, “Why should a human being live in fear? Chance rules our lives!” (Sophocles 1118-19). However, Oedipus is not living in fear. In fact, he was under the impression that he had previously …show more content…
This last line of dialogue from Jokasta is again trying to convince Oedipus to forget the subject of the prophecy. Essentially, she is telling Oedipus that his life will be much simpler if he just ignores the situation at hand and moves on with his life. This, again, would not be leaving his life up to chance. If Oedipus were to make the conscious decision to completely forget the prophecy, then he would worsen the plague that is already upon Thebes. Oedipus would also run the risk of producing another child who is tainted by their familial …show more content…
If Oedipus truly believed that chance ruled his life, he would have never gone to the oracle to see if he was an orphan. This was the first step in creating the tragedy of Oedipus’ life. Without visiting the oracle, he would have never gotten the prophecy that doomed him. He would have at no time left his home and killed Laius. He also would have never defeated the sphinx and married his mother. If he truly believed in chance, Oedipus could have waited to see who the killer of Laius was, but instead he insisted that Creon go to the oracle at Delphi. The events that occurred in Oedipus’ life were not without reason or apparent design; they occurred solely because of the choices Oedipus executed in the process of cheating out the

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