Oedipus The King : Fate Vs. Free Will Essay

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Oedipus The King: Fate vs. Free Will From the very beginning of Oedipus, we can see that the main character of Oedipus is very sure about who he is and where he has come from. One of the most important motifs of the story is the idea of metaphorical blindness, and how Oedipus claims that everyone else around him is blind, and he is the only one that can see. While Oedipus has the power to control his decisions, he is cursed, and his life has been settled according to the oracle when he was born. Fate plays a big role on Oedipus throughout this whole tragic story. However, what Oedipus soon finds out is that he has no idea who he is. He cannot head off different outcomes, and he realizes all along he has been blind himself. The play starts the fact that Oedipus is aware that there is a terrible curse has befallen Thebes, and he sends his brother-in-law, Creon, to seek the advice of Apollo to gather insight into how to solve it. Creon informs Oedipus that the curse will be lifted if the murderer of Laius, the former king, is found and prosecuted. Laius was murdered many years ago at a crossroads. Oedipus dedicates himself to the discovery and prosecution of Laius’s murderer. But no one wants to provide any information to Oedipus about Laius’s death. Oedipus subjects a series of unwilling citizens to questioning, including a blind prophet. Teiresias, the blind prophet, informs Oedipus that Oedipus himself killed Laius, saying “Well, it will come what will, though I be mute…I…

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