Although multiple people tried to stop him from pursuing the truth, he is unable to. Once he realized that his fate had come to pass he felt cursed by it. Even though Oedipus was a victim of fate, he gouged out his own eyes which were an act of free will. Oedipus was guilty of marrying his mother and killing his father, but it seems that his true sin was that his attempt to raise himself to level of the gods by trying to escape his fate. Oedipus knows that he must be punished for his sins, accepting full responsibility for his acts.
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.
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.
A prophecy foretold that Oedipus was destined to kill his father and marry his mother. Oedipus killing Laius was free will, though of course he did not realize Laius was his biological father. Oedipus marrying Jocasta was free will, though he did not realize that Jocasta was his biological mother. However, if Oedipus knew that Laius was his father before he had killed him, this would not have changed the matter of Laius' death, just the way in which he had died. Laius was fated to die at the hand of his own son, whether his son knew who his father was or not, and regardless of whether Oedipus had any intention to kill his father.
If everything that happened in the play was due to fate, then everything that happened would have a reason, would it not? Well then, what is the reason for Mercutio’s death? The feud was between the Capulets and the Montagues, and Mercutio was part of neither family. Mercutio had nothing to do with the feud, and yet he was murdered. His final words are particularly moving – “A plague o’ both your houses” (act 3, scene 1) – as they are condemning both families (Capulet and Montague) because of the feud that ended his life.
The king’s rule was unjust in the eyes of Antigone. Antigone tries to bury her brother, who asked Antigone, in Oedipus at Colonus, to give him a proper burial if he was killed in battle. Antigone was fulfilling a promise she gave her brother and a creditable one. Event thought it was against the will of Creon, the king, Antigone was right to defy this law. There is a distinction between the laws of man and the laws of god.
The servant that took the baby felt bad, so he gave him to another servant that he met on the path. The small child was then taken to the city of Corinth. There he was named Oedipus and raised by King Polybus and his wife. When Oedipus went to the Oracle at Delphi to see if Polybus and Merope were his true parents, he only received the prophecy that he would kill his father. Oedipus left Corinth, murdered the Sphinx, and married Jocasta; the prophet was right.
All of these apparitions were eventually proven correct, Macduff (who killed Macbeth) was ripped from his mother’s woom, Macduff and his men used the Birnam forest as camouflage. No matter what Macbeth tried to do to avoid these apparitions, he fell victim to fate. Although fate seems to deal the final blow to our main character, it can be argued that his weak emotions off the battlefield are what truly destroyed him. The constant power struggles of his wife and demanding the three witches to tell him the prophecy (evidence of greed), triggered irrational decisions by Macbeth. If he did not allow his wife to manipulate him and did not become obsessed with the prophecy, he most likely would never have considered killing King Duncan, which is the single most influential reason Macbeth dies.
In "The Libation Bearers" by Aeschylus, the chorus introduces the concept of fate at the very beginning of the play. They state, "Fate and the gods brought down their yoke […] and the will breaks, we kneel at their command - our masters right or wrong […] her senseless fate, " (Aeschylus 74-81). Orestes and Hamlet both have been stripped of their patrimony as a result of their fathers' murders and their mothers' hasty remarriages. Therefore, they not only are moved to revenge for the sake of their fathers, but also for themselves so they may regain the property and titles that should be theirs. Even the demure and forgotten Electra wants revenge and prays that the gods will approve the act of vengeance she hope will come.
When Hamlet was brought to the same spot, the ghost of his father had explained to him how he really died. After Hamlet learned the true story he went mad but there were several other factors attributing to him dying besides revenge. King Hamlet was murdered by his own brother. Hamlet mourned the death of his father for quite some time. After two months had gone by his mother could not understand why he was acting is such a strange way.