How Pride Effects Free Will And Fate Essay

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How Pride Effects Free Will and Fate in The Theban Plays:
The Theban Plays by Sophocles, an ancient Greek playwright, are a series of plays about the struggle between free will and fate and the hubris, or pride, expressed by the characters. These themes outline the lives of Oedipus, his children, and Creon over the expanse of three plays. The tragedies that befall the characters are caused either by free will or fate, and these two items are the spark for plenty of controversy over which one has power over the other, and why. It has become apparent that pride affects the amount of free will or fate that one is perceived to have by both themselves and by others, because they are seen by themselves to have great, seeming infallible, power, they are then susceptible to the idea that they can use this to shape their own destinies. These are the slightly controversial topics that will be discussed in my essay.
In the first play, Oedipus Rex, Oedipus, the King of Thebes, had the intention to save all the people of Thebes. First, he slew the Sphinx by solving its riddle, which is the sole reason that he became the king in the first place. The next tragedy to befall Thebes was a great pestilence, or plague, that occurred many years later. Oedipus did not know why this was, but his pride drove him to believe that he could save the people because he is strong and he had saved the people before. This is his pride showing, he took pride in saving Thebes before, which was in no way a bad…

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