The Tragedy Of Oedipus The King Essay

1175 Words Oct 26th, 2015 5 Pages
Fate is a series of events that one is predestined to. On the other hand, free will is something that an individual can control by the decisions that that person makes. In the greek tragedy, Oedipus the King, by Sophocles, Oedipus is predestined to his fate rather than being held responsible for making his own decisions for a number of reasons. These reasons include the fact the greek tragedies always generally revolve around fate, even if free will was the case, it didn’t matter in the end, and Oedipus’ and Laius’ prophecies are too similar to be a coincidence. First of all, greek tragedies always revolve around fate in someway or form. The whole point of greek tragedies are about fate affecting the ‘hero’ in a way that could not have been avoided by any means. “JOCASTA Well, rest assured, his tale ran thus at first,Nor can he now retract what then he said; Not I alone but all our townsfolk heard it. E 'en should he vary somewhat in his story, He cannot make the death of Laius In any wise jump with the oracle. For Loxias said expressly he was doomed To die by my child 's hand, but he, poor babe, He shed no blood, but perished first himself. So much for divination. Henceforth I Will look for signs neither to right nor left.” For example, Laius and Jocasta were told that their son would one day murder it’s father and marry it’s mother. To try and avoid this, Jocasta and Laius send Oedipus away to get rid of him and to prevent all of the bad things from happening. Of…

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