Fate In Oedipus Rex And The Kite Runner

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What is fate? Fate is something that is meant to happen and it is beyond a person’s control. In some cases it can be changed on the choices made. Fate has a story already written. It depends on when the story is discovered. This essay will revolve around precisely fate and how it could have been changed in these stories. It will explain how the characters in Oedipus Rex and The Kite Runner decided their fates.
Sophocles did a wonderfully substantial job of representing fate in his story. He introduces Oedipus Rex with a plague. This plague alone is already prophesied. In order to end the plague, Oedipus must find the king’s murderer. A prophet determined that the king had a son and was destined to kill him, then sleep with the king’s wife; the son’s mother. They had their son to be killed, so a messenger took this child and wandered him far away to a king and queen, hoping to avoid this prophecy. Oedipus’ fate was to find out he was the king’s son. It was just a matter of time. Sophocles demonstrates fate very perceptively. This could even be described as elegant, due to the grand collection of this prophet. He collectively pieced together the story and showed how fate can decide a person’s future. Not only that, but what they will decide to do when their fate is in front of them. In this case, Oedipus decided to gouge his eyes out and his wife decided to commit suicide. Sophocles led this to occur on purpose. He wanted to show that although fate lies in one's future, it also lies in the choice you make. For example, Oedipus wife, Jocasta wisefully explained, “Listen to me and learn some peace of mind: no skill in the world, nothing human can penetrate the future” (Sophocles, 430 B.C., line 709). This further helps the theme by explaining fate is inevitable.
To continue on, in the novel The Kite Runner, there are more subtle clues of fate than those in Oedipus Rex’s story. For example, the simple kites in the story solely represent fate and prophecy- pointing out themes from the beginning. Starting off, Amir and Hassan had always been best friends, almost like brothers. They played together, did everything together, and had a unique bond. They also even fed from the same breast. This type of connection felt
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