The Role Of Fate In Oedipus The King

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Fate is the development of events beyond a person's control, determined by a supernatural power. There is always an extensive argument on whether or not a person has a say in their destiny or if each and every event occurs as a result of fate. This is a subject that is touched upon numerous times in Sophocles’ drama. In Sophocles’ drama Oedipus the King, Oedipus tries to escape his destiny instead fate brings him closer towards it.
To begin, fate comes into play when Oedipus decides to run away from home. He thinks Phoebus and Marope are his real parents and he knows his destiny is to kill his father and marry his mother. Of course he does not want to experience any of the events the Oracle ...view middle of the document...

But as he was paid in full and presently my stick had struck him backwards from the car and he rolled out of it. And then I killed them all. (Sophocles 454)
He has absolutely no idea who the man is. What are the chances of him having a “destiny” to kill his father and then running into a man and killing him, only to find out later that man is his father? That sounds like fate, the gods said it would happen and it did. He may of thought he had free will, but all along the gods know what he will do. It is evident from the information stated above that fate was the reason for Oedipus’ father’s death.
Furthermore, fate is shown to be the reason for the marriage between Oedipus and his mother. The Oracle told him about his destiny to marry his mother and that is exactly what happens. It is made clear that fate comes into play during this part of his life. The queen’s husband has just died and she needs to find a new husband. Oedipus just so happens to enter Thebes at this point in the Queen’s life. There is also the fact that he is the one that killed her husband, causing her to need a new husband. Another point in the play when fate is touched...

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