An Overbearing Power In Oedipus Rex

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An Overbearing Power
As a society, we as human beings tend to believe we can control our own fate. However, the people of Ancient Greece had very different views on the subject. The play Oedipus Rex by Sophocles describes the story of Oedipus, a Greek king of the city Thebes, who was exposed to an abhorrent prophecy at birth. He spent his entire life trying to run away from this fate only to make that atrocious fate a reality. The integration of fate into the play displays the ideals of the author in how he believes fate is an all controlling being that cannot be escaped, that free will is simply a false hope imposed by humans, and that messing with fate could lead to terrible consequences. As a collective whole, the Greeks greatly believed in religion, to the point of it influencing their daily lives. One such aspect of this influence is shown in the literature. Within their writing many themes of god and fate are prevalent. In the beginning of the play, the city of Thebes was cursed with a plague. In order to lift the curse, the previous kings murderer must be banished from the city. Oedipus, who is the current king, immediately sets out to try and find this horrendous murderer and bring justice upon his people. While with his friend Icaste, he realizes some important information,
“Oedipus: If I understand you, Laius was killed at a place where two crossroads meet.
Icaste: Why does this trouble you?
Oedipus: Do not ask me yet” (39).
Oedipus slowly starts to realize his

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