Fate is the Key Theme in Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex and in Chekhov’s The Seagull

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Google defines fate as the development of events beyond a person’s control, regarded as determined by a supernatural power. The forgone conclusion of fate is a key theme in Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex and in Chekhov’s The Seagull. These story fascinated readers the way that forgone conclusions are sent by playwright and how the actions of the characters contribute to and heightened their fate. There is a distinction to the approach during which Oedipus and, to a lesser extent, Nina builds their fates by their own actions and decision. In every case the authors use characterization to reinforce and increase the sense of foregone conclusion, therefore the sense of tragedy within the two plays. Sophocles created his Oedipus as a likeable character. By not making Oedipus evil it makes the end of his play even more tragic. If Oedipus had been created as an evil character the reader would be less sympathetic towards him. Oedipus is the essence of goodness at the beginning of the play and as the character makes his way to the end approaching the downfall realizing the reality of his situation makes his end even more dramatic. The flaws that the character make it seem possible for him to unwittingly kill his father and marry his own mother. He is human however his excessive pride, impulsiveness, and potency, obscure and divert his path for the reality. Not only that but he is proud and egotistical, significantly regarding his person success: "Oedipus: Why, when the monster with her

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