Oedipus Rex : Fate Is Responsible For Oedipus Essay

1110 Words Sep 18th, 2015 5 Pages
According to The Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary the word “fate” means “The development of events beyond a person’s control, regarded as determined by a supernatural power.” Fate stands out in Sophocles’ Greek drama Oedipus Rex because fate is responsible for Oedipus ' destruction. This is because it was already laid out by destiny that he would kill his father and marry his mother, and he had absolutely no control over it. Oedipus cannot escape that fact, change it or avoid it. Fate and the course of time are more powerful than anything a human being can do. Oedipus’s tragic end is not his fault; he is merely a pawn in the celestial workings of fate. His own foolishness combined with his attempt to cheat fate and the false self-assurance blinds him to it, beginning the fall that will end in his literal blindness. Thus, he becomes the victim rather than the conqueror of fate. First, in an attempt to change fate, both Jocasta and Oedipus changed the structure of their families, getting as far away from the relatives that threaten to ruin them. Yet, in so doing, their actions ultimately set the course of the story into action. Fate cannot be escaped, no matter what you do. Your “dead” son will come back to kill his father. The safe harbor you have found from your fated parents turns out to be the very arena in Mackin 2 which you will kill and marry them. As the Chorus says, “Time, which sees all things, has found you out;” (54 1245) Meaning that…

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