Oedipus Rex And Fate

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Alexa Giovannini Ms. Ginnetty College Writing 6 January 2011 To Face Fate or Fight It In Oedipus Rex, the characters Laius and Oedipus try their hardest to prevent and avoid their fate, but ultimately their attempts to avoid fate bring them face to face with it. These two characters seek out the Oracle at Delphi to hear their fate predicted, and in turn scramble to prevent it. The characters fear of their fate propels them to take rash actions to prevent what the Oracle had predicted to them. This aspect of the tragedy proves that accepting one’s fate may very well prevent it. “An oracle came to Laius one fine day…and it said that doom would strike him down at the hands of a son, our son, to be born of our own flesh and blood” (Sophocles 784-788). This predestined fate is what started the chaos that brought down two kings. Although the Oracle at Delphi told this fate to Laius, Laius had a son anyways, but decided to discard his son after birth. The child, Oedipus, was not discarded of easily, he was sent to the hills to die, but a caring shepherd saved him and brought him to a new family and a new city. Laius’ decision to discard of Oedipus ultimately caused Oedipus to question where he came from and his origin. Oedipus, therefore, went to seek out the Oracle, as his father did, to see what his fate would be. “You are fated to couple with your mother, you will bring a breed of children into the light that no man can bear to see—you will kill your father, the one who gave you life” (Sophocles 873-875). Oedipus’ fate was more horrifying then his fathers and out of fear of his fate coming true, Oedipus flees the city that he believes is his home and leaves the parents that he believes are his own. The fates that were told to the characters start a chain reaction that leads to the fulfillment of their destinies. In theory, it is the characters’ own faults that

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