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Hamlet & Opedipus Essay

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Compare the way the texts deal with human agency and fateThe plays Hamlet and Oedipus the King are similar in they are both tragic tales, In Oedipus the King; fate is much more powerful than human will (par. 1). The Play has the theme of predestination, the idea that fate is already set out and will take place. The more one tries to fight and control their fate and destiny, the more likely it is to come forth. In Hamlet fate is constructed of free will and how his fate ends up is based on the actions and decisions he chooses to make but is conflicted whether murdering the King is the righteous thing to do and whether it will bring a sense of justice to himself as well as his father. Nevertheless, both Oedipus and Hamlet's journeys ends in destruction and misery.Oedipus becomes obsessed with changing his fate after he learns that he will kill his father and sleep with his own mother. He tries to control his destiny but he ends up blinding himself and going into exile. Apollo had flashed a future before his eyes filled with pain, terror and disaster, 'you are fated to couple with your mother, you will bring a breed of children into the light no man can bear to see - you will kill your father, the one who gave you life!' (Fagles, 205). Oedipus tries to run from his fate and in the process fulfils the first prophecy of killing his father and then marrying his mother when he was made King of Thebes.In Hamlet, a ghost resembling his father's spirit marks the beginning of his fate. He says to him, "Revenge his foul and most unnatural murder" (Branagh, 32). He demands Hamlet to go against his conscience and his beliefs in order to murder Claudius because he committed a foul murder and therefore he is not worthy of living. It's a hard task for Hamlet because he is driven by his conscience and has a hard time deciding whether avenging his father's death is the moral thing to do since it is against their religion to commit murder. Part of him wants to accept that his fate is to avenge his fathers killing and part of him isn't sure about fulfilling his task the ghost has set for him.For Oedipus it is the feeling of desperation and fear of what his destiny holds for him that drives him to try and change his fate. He ran away from who he thought were his parents to avoid his fate and thought he had escaped the worst of it, but the horrors of his fate all came back to light when he summoned upon the blind prophet Tiresias to find out who killed King Laius to get rid of the plague in Thebes. He accused Oedipus of being the murderer and then tells him that he's blind to the corruption of his own life (Fagles, 183) then goes on to say ''That day you learn about your marriage, the wedding-march that sang you into your halls, the lusty voyage home to the fatal harbour!'(Fagles, 183). He is criticizing Oedipus because he doesn't know who his wife is at all.Hamlet never stops making his own choices and decisions. He is conflicted...

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