Essay about The Irony Of Free Choice

1522 Words Nov 7th, 2016 7 Pages
In Greek mythology, humans are often portrayed as mere pieces of a board game played by the gods. Fate plays an essential role in Antigone and Oedipus Rex, where it unfolds and leads to the tragedy of these characters. Despite superficial differences between the plots, there is the irony of the futility of free choice present in both poems. These characters use personal approaches in efforts to alter their prophecies, yet that ‘freedom’ of action is ultimately driven by fate. In Oedipus Rex, characters strive to foil the prophecy that Oedipus will kill his father and marry his mother. However, their individual actions are futile because fate is unstoppable. When Oedipus learns of his fate from the Oracle, he “heard and fled... [to] where [he] would never see completed the disgrace of those evil oracles of [his]” (Oedipus Rex, 822-825). When Oedipus becomes aware of the revelation, he takes measures to leave his kingdom and adoptive family behind to thwart his prophecy. Ironically, he escapes from Corinth -where he was actually safe from the prophecy- to Thebes, contradicting his assumption that he will not see the oracle come true. Thus, his journey further perpetuates his fate as Oedipus travels to where his real parents Jocasta and Laius are, and where he is more likely to encounter the prophecy than ever before. Oedipus’ denial of the Oracle only blinds him further into his destiny, and despite a reputation for wit, his prophecy is inevitable. He is limited by the lack…

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