Can You Truly Ever Escape?

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Can you truly ever escape?

In ancient times, the need to know what is to come can be best exhibited by exploring methods in which the Greeks answers their questions for the future. “This desire was interwoven within the everyday life of the ancient Greeks, derived from the numerous oracles which were prevalent in ancient Greece as well as from stories which showed the confidence that people of that era had in prophecies.” (Kane) Prophets and prophetesses played a significant role in Greek literature from the time of Homer. For instance, the mythological blind prophet Tiresias was an infallible source of information for the Greeks and appears frequently in Greek tragedy. The most memorable of his warnings was in Sophocles’ Oedipus the King, king of Thebes that he was the land’s pollution. The prophet Tiresias spoke the truth about Oedipus—“God within reckon that out, and if you find me mistaken, say I have no skill in prophecy”—denouncing the tragedy, as the angry Oedipus begins his painful search for the truth about himself. However, the prophecy is Oedipus’s ultimate demise. Oedipus fought the limits of free will by ignoring social ques, and even disbelieving respected characters, but was never able to escape his fate.
“The Concise Oxford English Dictionary defines fate as ‘the development of events outside a person’s control, regarded as predetermined by a supernatural power.’ This, therefore, would pose opposition to free will, defined as ‘the power of acting without…
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