Similar Ideas Of Fate In Oedipus The King, By Sophocles And Crash

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The play, Oedipus the King, by Sophocles, shares very similar ideas of fate as the movie Crash. Fate is the idea that the outcome of events are out of our control, that your life is predetermined. Both of these works use the idea that one cannot escape their fate, that it is set and nothing can change it. However, in Oedipus the King, Oedipus believes that he can escape or change his fate while the characters in Crash do not even try to.
In the play, Oedipus the King, Oedipus believes that he can control his fate, however, he realizes that he cannot so tries to escape it. Oedipus has a tragic flaw, he does not see the truth and only believes what he wants to. When the blind prophet Tiresias tells Oedipus that he is the cause of Thebes’ curse, Oedipus denies any involvement and believes that the prophet is wrong. Oedipus does not realize that he actually is the cause of the curse until later on in the play, when he can no longer deny his fate. In the movie Crash, Officer Ryan says, “You think you know who you are? You have no idea.” which can be related to Oedipus. He believes that he is the all-powerful and great king, however, he is doomed to a tragic fate that he is unaware of. His life turns out to be much different than he originally thinks and realizes that he is a person he does not even know.
Crash deals with racial bias in the 21st century by throwing almost every racial stereotype at it’s viewers in the first ten minutes of the movie. One character in particular that deals with racial prejudice from the others is Daniel. Daniel is a young Latino locksmith, who works to support his young daughter. Early on in the movie, Daniel is fixing a lock at Jean’s house and without doing anything wrong, Jean demands to have the locks changed again in the morning because she believes he is a troublemaker. Then, he goes to Farhad’s...

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