Oedipus the King and Dead Again Essay

653 Words Mar 1st, 2014 3 Pages
Oedipus the King and Dead Again The play Oedipus the King and the movie Dead Again share almost no similarities at first glance. One is an ancient Greek play, while the other a murder horror movie made in the 1990s. However, taking a closer look reveals that some main themes exist that both works share throughout their storylines. One key similarity found throughout the play as well as the movie is the concept of fate and the terrible consequences of believing that one is powerful enough to cheat or escape one’s fate.
In Oedipus the King, the main character Oedipus as well as his parents Jocasta and Laius were fated by the gods. It was prophesied that the child of Laius and Jocasta, Oedipus, would kill his father and marry his mother.
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After this, Grace becomes concerned that Mike might try to murder her in an attempt to finish her off for good and she tries to avoid him at all costs. She believes that Margaret and Roman are fated to meet again and that it is likely bloodshed will occur if they do. Grace attempts to avoid Mike at all costs in order to change her fate. However, she does not know that fate has already taken over. It was fate that the same house where Roman and Margaret lived in the past would be the same place where Mike grew up and that took Grace in when she had amnesia. It was fate that drew them together to meet again at that same house forty years later and fall in love once again.
In the play of Oedipus the King as well as the movie Dead Again, the main characters face very similar situations. In both the characters are victims of fate and in both the characters’ attempts to cheat fate and avoid their destiny ended in violence and bloodshed for all involved. In this way both works show that fate is a powerful thing that cannot be cheated or avoided. Attempting to escapes one’s fate will only cause it to come true and believing that one is powerful enough to escape fate will only cause one’s destiny to occur. In this way, two seemingly unrelated works, Oedipus the King and Dead Again, share a common lesson that unites them: one can never escape fate, and even attempting to do so will only cause the

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