Fate and Destiny in 'Oedipus Rex'

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Abstract For centuries, people have been fascinated by the idea of fate, or in other words, destiny. Fate and destiny are interlinked. Fate by definition is: “that which is inevitably predetermined; destiny, according to dictionary.com” meaning that fate is events, life, and other issues, for which, it has already determined that they will happen. In Oedipus Rex, the idea of Fate shines through very clearly as Oepidus is unable to escape his Fate, partially as a result of the people around him acting upon it. It was predetermined that Oedipus would kill his father and marry his mother. However, if fate had not intervened and given that message to Laios and Jocasta, then Laios and Jocasta would not have attempted to kill Oedipus. Therefore, there would not be any story. Fate did intervene and as a result, Oedipus killed his father and married his mother. “However, even before a name had been given to the infant, Apollo’s oracle foretold nothing but ill: he was destined one day to kill his father and then to become his mother’s husband. (Gee 194)” It just so happened that fate intervened once more. “When Oedipus became a young man he heard a rumour that he had been adopted … he therefore went to Delphi and asked the ministers of Apollo who his true parents where, but all he was told was that he would kill his father and marry his mother. (Gee 194)” Oedipus, thinking that the king and queen of Corinth are his parents, leaves in attempt to escape that destiny, to no avail. By leaving, he left behind his parents, family members and friends. Most likely, he gave no explanation; he simply left. Oedipus must have been heartbroken. “Theme and plot occur as a consequence of human activity through time. (Oseguera 1985)” Everything that happened in Oedipus Rex happened as a result of Fate and humans acting on what they were told would happen. If
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