Fate In Sophocles Oedipus The King

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In the play Oedipus Rex, Sophocles shows that fate is destined to happen and nothing can prevent it. Excessive pride causes Oedipus to defy fate unsuccessfully. His over confidence makes him pursue a truth that will lead him right to his downfall. Excessive pride is also the cause of a dark fate in the play Antigone. Creon makes laws to create a peaceful kingdom. Unfortunately, he becomes very stubborn and excessive pride begins infecting him. Creon’s decision to leave Polynices corpse unburied and bury Antigone alive seal his fate. His hubris blinds him and Creon does not realize it until it is too late to right his wrongs. Fate cannot be avoided and defying it can lead to one’s true destiny.

Sophocles’ play Oedipus Rex is the best example to show how overconfidence causes the darkest fate of all. An oracle has confirmed that his fate is to marry his mother and kill his father. Oedipus’ fate was set before he was even born. A fate that he thought he avoided when he abandoned Corinth. But because of his ignorance, his attempts to avoid his fate were actually his first steps in fulfilling it.
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Oedipus blinded by his pride walks right to his demise. In the end he finds the truth. He killed his father and is married to his mother. His true identity causes his complete destruction. He is not the king anymore. People of Thebes that once saw him as a hero now see him as a complete disgrace. This makes Oedipus feel guilty and as self punishment he stabs his eyes. In the play Antigone, even though Creon is given many opportunities to accept that he is wrong, Creon does not realize it until it is too late. He refused to listen to Teiresias who is the voice of reason. When he finally decides to free Antigone from the vault he finds that she committed suicide. His son Haemon who was deeply in love with Antigone also kills himself. A chain that also lead Creon’s wife to commit suicide. In the end Creon lost everything, his family and his

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