Oedipus Essay

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Fate vs. free will In Sophocles’ Oedipus the King, free will and fate are two arguable themes to determine throughout the play and both have great points in which they represent. In Ancient Greece, fate was a very normal occurrence and most all believed in fate as well. Today in our modern world, it’s safe to assume that each living person has the power over weather they live and die and fate and free will both plays a role in the fate of Oedipus the King. I believe that fate and free will both have a lot of strong evidence behind the outcome of Oedipus the King. Greek people had a strong belief that one’s behavior was the deciding factor for their own free will. The Greeks believe that if you are a good person then good things will happen to you just like if you are a bad person then bad things will happen to you. Oedipus strongly desired to know the truth about his life and while so anxiously wondering, he made decisions along the way, which play, into his free will of wanting to know exactly who he is and where he came from. Even throughout his attempt, Jocasta says “Oh no, listen to me, I beg you, don’t do this” (Sophocles 195) as if she is looking out for Oedipus and his fate and his unwillingness to give up is what ultimately leads to his downfall which was his own decision. Oedipus ends up taking the king’s throne by solving the riddle and defeating the Sphinx. Oedipus had the choice to not take the kings thrown and to also not marry the former king’s wife but did anyway and they queen ended up being his own mother. These two drastic decisions of taking power and marrying this women, could have been avoided and all the future negative events would not have happened to him as well. These decisions he made plays a part on his free will, and these decisions ultimately lead to his own tragic mistakes. At the crossroads is where Oedipus displays his

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