Another example of predestination is set here by the author. After getting the news, Oedipus determined to find out his real father. Oedipus could not accept the foreknowledge set by the gods. He ran away from Corinth in search of his parents and on the way he kills his father without knowing his real identity. He tried to run away from his fate but ultimately he ran into it.
Oedipus was prophesized to kill his father and marry his mother as warned by the oracle of Apollo. The prophecy would inevitably come to pass, no matter what he might have done to avoid it. His past actions were determined by fate but at the same time his actions in Thebes, he did so on out of his own will. From the beginning, Oedipus took many actions leading to his downfall, Oedipus could have waited for the plague to end, but out of compassion for his people, he had Creon go to Delphi. When he heard Apollo’s prophecy, he could have calmly investigated the murder of King Laius, but in his hastiness, he cursed the murder, and in so, cursing himself.
Oedipus is more or less an illustration that one can’t escape fate and it will hold power no matter what you do. . The Greeks of that time believed that fate could not be changed like when Zeus was tempted in a lliad to change fate by rescuing a favorite person destined to die his wife and daughter talk him out of it, but they also believed that an individual chose his own fate through the decision he made. In this case, I agree that the two go hand in hand. A prophecy foretold that Oedipus was destined to kill his father and marry his mother.
Over the centuries, people have wondered if there is such a thing as divine intervention, a sacred power that determines the fate of an individual. In Oedipus Rex, we finally see the conclusion of the prophecy made at the beginning of the Oedipus Trilogy. As Oedipus tries to hunt down the man who killed Laius, the audience already knows that it was in fact himself who did it. The audience at the time still believed in prophecies, so they would have expected Oedipus to kill his father and marry his mother. Sophocles seems to even mock the believers a few times, by telling the audience how there is no point in struggling against what is meant to happen, In Oedipus Rex, we finally see the conclusion of the prophecy made at the beginning of the Oedipus Trilogy.
She felt very bad that Odysseus was struggling with his journey home to Ithaca, and that the gods felt bad for a person who killed a guy and got killed by that guy’s son. Athena was wondering why they were feeling bad for a guy who deserved his death, whereas Odysseus was just a good ol’ war soldier who helped win the fight against troy. Athena felt obliged to help him. She started with inspiring Telemachus to get rid of the suitors and to set sail to other cities to try and get word on his father, Odysseus, whereabouts, and if he is even alive. Then, Telemachus felt obliged to do as Athena asked of him.
Julius Caesar: Fate and Free Will DO WE HAVE CONTROL OF OUR FATE? • The soothsayer knew that Caesar was going to die, because it was Caesar’s fate to die on the Ides of March. It has been predetermined that it was Caesar’s time to go on the Ides of March • Fate was not only related to the death of Caesar, it was also related to the death of Brutus. Brutus was fleeing from Rome trying to defend himself from angry and loyal followers of Caesar when he saw Caesar’s ghost. When Brutus saw this ghost, it told him that he was going to die at Phillipi • The last example of fate that appears in the play is the note that Caesar receives seconds before he is assassinated.
Later, Oedipus is told by a drunk that he (Oedipus) was adopted. This is when Oedipus sent word for the same oracle that his real parents consulted. The oracle didn’t bring good news, but rather told him he was going to marry his mother and kill his father. After hearing this Oedipus decided to go back to Thebus, but on his way there problems arose. He came to a place where 3 roads crossed each other, but here is the
In Hamlet, Hamlet senior ghost from the grave (purgatory) tells his son Hamlet, that he was poisoned by his brother Claudius and too seek revenge on the current throne holder. King Claudius does not ask for his son to be careful for his life but just want’s him to fulfill his own revenge he cannot carry out. This show’s how King Hamlet’s self centered character is not a supportive role to young Hamlet. In The Lion King however, King Mufasa returns as a ghost figure as well to tell his son Simba, to stay strong and return to pride-rock to rightfully take over his throne currently taken over by his murderous uncle Scar. Here shows King Mufasa care for his son Simba, and how he only wants him to mature and succeed.
He leaves with intentions to start a new life and forget about the past in the pride land. In hamlet, he tries to figure out if what happened to his father really true and acts as if to be crazy and take revenge on his uncle. Both Simba and Hamlet seem to “lose sight” of their purposes as they get further away from the pain of their father's death. Scar (The Lion King) and Claudius (“Hamlet”) are both uncles who are jealous of their brothers who are two great leaders. These two characters conspired against their brothers so they can become king (even if it meant death).
Additionally, Oedipus lacks the same unwillingness to accept reality. He was unknowingly born the prince of Thebes. At birth his parents gave him up for adoption in the fear that the prophecy of him killing his father and marrying his mother would come true. As he grows older, with his adoptive parents in Corinth, the oracle at Delphi tells him the same prophecy. He doesn’t want to believe it but he still runs away to the city of Thebes where along the way he kills a poor highway man.