Free Will In Sophocles Oedipus The King

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Fate is an inevitable and most often adverse outcome, condition, or we can say end, while free will is the ability or discretion to choose; free choice. In the story Oedipus the King, one of Sophocles masterpiece, free will plays an important and significant role in the story. In my honest opinion, I am up the view that fate only intervenes in one instance, but on the other hand this is not the case with Free will. Free will is distributed throughout the entire story. I do have a strong belief in fate, but unfortunately I believe in free will more.

The instance where fate intervenes is when Oedipus finally believes that what Apollo told him was true and strong. Oedipus tells the messenger, “Not at all. Apollo told
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It is really difficult to utter that how justly one can make responsible Oedipus of being “blind” or foolish when he seems to have no choice about fulfilling the prophecy. He is sent away from Thebes as a baby by the servant and by a remarkable coincidence of coming in the hand of a shepherd and raised as a prince in Corinth. Hearing that he is fated to kill his father, he flees Corinth. By a still more remarkable coincidence, ends up back in Thebes, now king and husband in his actual father’s place. Oedipus is seemed only to desire to flee his fate, but his fate continually catches up with him. Many people have tried to argue that Oedipus brings about his catastrophe because of a “tragic flaw,” but nobody has managed to create a consensus about what Oedipus’s flaw actually is. Perhaps his story is meant to show that error and disaster can happen to anyone, that human beings are relatively powerless before fate or the gods, and that a cautious humility is the best attitude toward life. In Oedipus the King, Sophocles made it clear to his fellow Greeks that mankind has the ability, even with prophecies and oracles, to make choices free from influence of divine forces. He also shows that fate does play a part in human's lives too. They tie into each other for a direct balance. Overall, fate is the divine power that controls free will and determines one's

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