Fate And Free Will In Sophocles 'Oedipus'

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The gods secured Oedipus’ fate. When anyone attempts to change their fate they do the exact opposite and trigger the events to occur. Oedipus caused his first ordained prophecy to come to fruition only when he attempted to stop it from happening. As the book progresses the reader reads how a man slowly comes to terms with fate and stops fighting prophecy. In Sophocles’ play The Oedipus Cycle, he creates the dynamic character Oedipus showing that no one can run from prophecy. The beginning of the book consists of a prideful and heroic Oedipus. When Sophocles first introduces Oedipus the readers sees how his pride connects with his heroism. Sophocles shows this when Oedipus claims, “Poor children! You may be sure I know / All that you longed …show more content…
He now knows he can not defy the gods’ will and no longer fights it, and claims that he had no control over the events that occurred because the gods ordered them to happen. “By fate, against my will! It was God’s pleasure… And tell me this: if there were prophecies / Repeated by the oracles of the gods… How could you justly blame it on me?” (OaC 133-134). His time as a beggar diluted his pride enough to where he acknowledges that Teiresias was correct in this prophecy and that the gods were right. He knows that in his youth his anger controlled him and he cursed the seer for the events that transpired. During his time as a beggar, living off nothing but what generous people gift him, and being blind, he came to the realization that he can not blame anyone on earth for what happened to him. He believes that the gods were to blame and that he knows that because they had their will set upon the prophesied events, they would come true no matter what he attempted to thwart them. Oedipus examples an attempt to change fate. No man can change the gods will. The tragic hero Oedipus was man who fell victim to an inevitable fate. The seers in the plays portray the will of the gods to the human realm. Twice man tried to change the the initial prophecy of man killing his father and marrying his mother, and twice they failed in stopping it from coming true. Sophocles created his play as representation of

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