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The Role Of Fate In Greek History

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The Greek believed strongly in knowing yourself, retributive justice and being able to see things as a whole. They also arranged their social life to provide them with a maximum degree of freedom; freedom form political and religious domination. Despite their strong beliefs in freedom , they always had the belief on fate and usually consult the gods regarding their fate, so that they may live according to their fate.

Fate is the inevitable force that controlled the lives of human. Before the birth of Oedipus, he was destined to "kill his father and mate with his mother". When it was prophesied “that fate would make him (Laius) meet his end through a son, a son of his and mine”, they “riveted his ankles together” and they had Oedipus, he was(p.g40, line 10-12) given to a servant to be killed in an attempt to prevent the prophecy from occurring. “And on that day your savior…”(p.g 56, line,6or 7) it was fate that drives the Corinth messenger to save Oedipus, preventing him from death without fulfilling his destiny. Fate also makes the drunkard to bawl out, “Aha! You’re not your father’s son”(p.g 44,line3). This remark initiates Oedipus curiosity that leads him to the oracle of Apollo at Delphi. At Delphi it is prophesied that he will be “mating with my mother I must spawn a progeny to make man shudder, having been my father’s murderer, (p.g 44, line 14/15). The horrifying prophecy, makes Oedipus leave Corinth in an attempt toavoid the prophecy, but, in fact, runs away from the wrong people. In running away, he crosses paths with his biological father, killing him and fulfilling the first half of his destiny. Oedipus arrives at Thebes, a far away city from Corinth, only to find a Sphinx haunting the people of Thebes as food if incorrectly answer her riddles. Fate makes only Oedipus to correctly answer the sphinx’s riddle, stopping her from terrorizing the city and as a result he was made the king in replace of Laius, marrying Jocasta. Marrying Jocasta fulfills his destiny, and brings alive the full predictions of the gods.

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