Fate And Free Will : Oedipus The King And Antigone Essay

1118 Words Jan 3rd, 2016 5 Pages
In a speech by Paulo Coelho, he stated, “I can control my destiny, but not my fate. Destiny means there are opportunities to turn right or left, but fate is a one-way street. I believe we all have the choice as to whether we fulfil our destiny, but our fate is sealed” (Fate Quotes). This shows the idea of fate vs free will. It demonstrations how ones fate is controlled by God, but one has the choice to determine how they will react to his or her own fate. In Sophocles writings of Oedipus the King and Antigone, they both show the theme of fate and free will; however Oedipus the King shows the theme through its main characters; Teiresias and Oedipus, while Antigone shows this theme through its plot.
The blind Prophet, Teiresias, shows how the gods solely control ones fate in the play, Oedipus the King. Correspondingly, the prophet could foretell all future events. Teiresias was extremely worried for the events that would take place in his future: “Let me go home, It will be easiest for both of us to bear our several destinies to the end if you will follow my advice.” (Sophocles, Oedipus the King 480). Profound and confident, the prophesier already knew Oedipus’ destiny. He wanted to leave the presence of Oedipus, so the king would not hurt himself in the future. However, Oedipus would not listen to the words that arose from Teiresias’ mouth. He became infuriated by Teiresias’ prophecy, so in retaliation Teiresias lashed out by saying, “This day will show your birth and will…

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