Oedipus The King By Sophocles Essay

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Oedipus the King by Sophocles is about the life of Oedipus the king of Thebes and how his fate effects the man he becomes. Fate holds a role that changes the course of events throughout the play and effects the outcome of the lives of the characters and to some extant Oedipus is equally a victim and an investigator of is fate because of the actions that he and his parents both biological and adopting parents have taken.
Fate plays a major role in Oedipus the King. Fate affected the lives of the most important characters of the play. Oedipus, Jocasta, and Laios’ fate were set from day one. Jocasta and Laios tried to change their fate by killing their son but that plan backfired on them because it happened anyway. When Oedipus found out his fate, he tried to stop it from happening as well by fleeing what he knew was home and leaving the people he knew as his true mother and father behind to change his fate. Through their constant attempts of changing their fate, it was still fulfilled. Laios was killed by his son, and Jocasta married him and carried his four children. Jocasta kills herself after realizing what she had done to keep herself from being humiliated in the public, and Oedipus blinds himself and has the gods banish him from the city of Thebes and force him to live as a drifter.
Oedipus is a victim of his own fate because he grew up not knowing what his fate entailed until his almost an adult and when he tried to stop his fate from happening he unknowingly…

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