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Opedipus Free Will And Fate In Opedipus Rex By Sophocles

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Oedipus Free Will and Fate

Have you ever been told that you would kill your father and marry your mother because that what Oedipus Rex was told by prophecy. In this play called Oedipus Rex, Sophocles uses his play to show the theme of free will versus fate. This play explores what is a Oedipus free will and fate and how much a this prophecy controls him. Also how can prophecy be prevented and how it affects Oedipus family.
It is known that Oedipus will fulfill the prophecy of “Apollo said through his prophet that I was man who should marry his own mother, shed his father blood” LL.(945-447) but what isn’t known is how him or Jocasta will react and finding if the prophecy is infact true. It was Oedipus free will to find out if the prophecy is true. Also free will was blinding himself after Jocasta hanging. Just as blinding himself it was Jocasta free will to hang herself after truth reval. It is Oedipus free will to find out if the prophecy is true. It is fate that prophecy happen and it is free will of Oedipus and Jocasta of harming themselves.“Why should anyone in this world be afraid since fate rules us and nothing can be foreseen? A man should live only for present day” LL.(928-930) and this is what Oedipus and Jocasta did and how they’re reacted to the prophecy when it was reval.
Oedipus parents did their best to prevent the prophecy by trying to kill him but it did not work for them. Even though his parents try to kill him the do that the prophecy still becomes true “Why “marauders,” you said, if he maintains that still, if there were several, Clearly the guilt is not mine: I was alone. But if he says one man, single handed, did it, Then the evidence all points to me” LL.(798-803). He kills the King of thebes who is his father and then tries to find out if he guilty of it. “Now, O Light, may I look on you for the last time! I, Oedipus, Oedipus damned in his birth, in...

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