Fate vs. Free-Will in Oedipus the King Essay
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Fate vs. Free-Will in Oedipus the King (Oedipus Rex)
In Oedipus the King, was it the concept of fate or free will of man that decided the outcome of the play? Both points of view have a strong support. In Ancient Greece, fate was considered to be a part of life. Every aspect of life depended and was based upon fate (Nagle 100). Sophocles took a direct standpoint on the entire concept of free will. Mankind has free will and can alone decide how their life turns out. Regarding prophecies and oracles, mankind has the ability alone to control their lives. Fate and free will both decide the turnout of Oedipus the King.
Both sides of the argument can be greatly supported. The Greeks believed in the idea that personality of…show more content…
This driving force in the play led to the truth of his origin. This ties in with his own aspect of free will. His free will is based on his drive for knowledge.
Throughout the entire play, Oedipus pushes Tiresias, Creon, Jocasta, the oracle, the messenger, and the shepherd for information regarding his beginnings. Each one of these characters in some way or form refused to give him a thorough answer. As he draws closer to the answer, another character tries to stop his journey. Oedipus continues moving onward even though others request he didn't. "Oh no, listen to me, I beg you, don’t do this….Listen to you? No more. I must know it all, see the truth at last " (Sophocles 195). His desire for truth kept pushing him to continue his search, ultimately leading to his downfall. The entire time Oedipus had the capability to discontinue the plight. However he made the independent decision to continue.
Another instance where choices directly linked Oedipus to the prophecy was at the crossroads. Oedipus demonstrates an important trait in his character, stubbornness. This trait is visible when Oedipus reacted to the man pushing him aside at the crossroads. "the one shouldering me aside, the driver, I strike him in anger! ….I killed them all--every mother's son!" (Sophocles 189). In ancient times when a caravan was coming down the road they usually pushed you to the side. Oedipus didn’t like this and flipped
Fate and Freewill in Oedipus the King Essay
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In the play Oedipus Rex, it shows many different forms of fate and freewill. Fate is a word that can be defined in many different ways. Fate can affect a person's life in many different ways.
Oedipus's fate ruined his life and lead him to a horrible death. Antigone's life was also thrown out to the hand of fate. Neither one of them had any freewill in there lifetime, all of there lives were based upon the fate that the gods handed to them. Both of these elements, fate and freewill, play a large role in the telling of the story of Oedipus Rex. Was his life really left to fate or was it left up to him?
In most tragic plays fate and freewill play a large role in the rise and fall of the protagonist. The protagonist in a play has…show more content…
Oedipus led the exact life that was prophesied, Oedipus had little choices to make in his life. I believe that most of the events that happened to Oedipus were left to the hand of fate. Oedipus was trying to escape his own fate by traveling a different way then what he had thought was his hometown. Fate is something that no human being can run from, no matter what they do or where they hide. This was a choice that Oedipus made, which added to the answer of what
Oedipus's character flaw was. Oedipus's character flaw was that he was ignorant throughout his life, he never saw things as what they really were, he only saw them as how he wanted to see them. Fate is a element in life that can not be changed or be foretold. Oedipus had no way of changing his own fate or anyway from running from it. People cannot change there fate, as much as they think that they can. People, along with Oedipus believe that they can control there lives and that fate plays no role in there lives. But people do not understand that control is an illusion and is nothing more then something for people to believe in so that they do not feel scared, while living in this world that is based upon fate. People will always think that they control there lives even no they do not. Freewill is also an illusion that is put out by society, people believe that society gives them choices but really everybody's life is