Oedipus the King Essay

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OEDIPUS REX
     There are those in the world that will have you believe that fate controls the lives of all of us. Still, there are those who insist that each individual has complete control over there own lives; a free will over there own destinies. Oedipus attempts to dodge his fate and change his life for the better, an act that has the reverse effect.
     According to the prophecies, Oedipus would be born to Laius and Jocasta, only to grow up to be the death of his father, Laius, and the bride to his mother, Jocasta. Believing this to be true, the king and queen give the child to a shepherd, who was to kill Oedipus. Not wanting to do this, the shepherd passed the baby on to another
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A great example in the book where Sophocles illustrates his belief that know one is able to out run their true path in life.
     Now, the prophecies begin to be fulfilled. En route to a faraway city where he could start a new life, he comes across a small chariot. The old man within the chariot enticed the leading “groom'; to force Oedipus off the road, infuriating him. Oedipus kills all the men traveling with the chariot. “The groom jostled me and I, infuriated, landed him a blow. Which when the old man sees, he waites till I’m abreast, then from his chariot cracks a double-pointed goad full down upon my head. He more than paid for it. For in a trice this hand of mine felled him with a stick and rolled him from the chariot stunned. I killed them all.'; As fate would have it, the old man would turn out to be his own father. Fate 2: Free will nothing.
     Oedipus continues on his journey, until reaching a city known as Thebes. Upon arrival, he discovers the town is in trouble, fore a female monster has come into the town and is strangling each one of them until they can answer her riddle. As Oedipus enters, he answers her riddle and she leaves. The citizens in gratitude, make Oedipus there king and Jocasta his wife. While Oedipus is very happy, he does not realize yet, that he has married his mother and killed his father, completing the

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