Sophocles’ Idea of Fate in Oedipus Rex Essay

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President Franklin D. Roosevelt proclaimed “Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own minds” (Quote Details). It is believed that if a chain of events has been prophesied, then that person's choice and free will lead them inescapably to what has been predicted for their destiny. The idea that fate is the most powerful force on men, is essential to this play Oedipus the King. Perhaps the most incontrovertible instance of fate in this play is that of the prophecy made regarding Oedipus's birth; Oedipus was destined to kill his father and sleep with his mother “no matter what he or anyone else might do to prevent it and quite apart from the circuitous causal route that it took for him to get there” (Solomon). In the …show more content…
Oedipus becomes a victim of uncontrollable forces, and a relentless fate.

While Oedipus’s fate of killing his father and sleeping with his mother is established, he only learns that he has fulfilled his fate threw persistent searching. “He freely chooses to initiate the chain of events which eventually lead to his fate”(Lecture on Sophocles, Oedipus the King). Enclosed by the play, Oedipus shows that he has freewill to choice his own destiny but is blind sided by his lack of knowledge. Break out what will! I at least shall be willing to see my ancestry, though humble. Perhaps she is ashamed of my low birth, for she has all a woman’s high-flown pride. But I account myself a child of Fortune, beneficent Fortune, and I shall not be dishonored. She’s the mother from whom I spring; the months, my brothers, marked me, now as small and now again as mighty. Such is my breeding, and I shall never prove so false to it, as not to find the secret of my birth;..(1150-1160).
Oedipus’s decision to pursue knowledge of his identity is a major factor to why his fate unfolds and takes it’s toll upon his tragic life. “What is unknown to him is that tragedy is approaching him as he strives to find out his own identity” (Yuehua). Oedipus' unyielding impulse to uncover the truth led him to the tragic realization of his heinous endeavors. Contained in the play, Laius,

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