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Oedipus Fate Vs Free Will Essay

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As, Philosopher Socrates believed; Humans usually lead themselves by fate and free will. Similar to Oedipus Rex, “Kafka on the Shore” contains the themes of fate and freedom. The idea that ones life is rued by freedom or fate brings up major conflicts for the characters in the novel. While some characters seek freedom, they are often influenced/ guided by their fate. Haruki Murakami chooses to focus on a theme taken from the Greek tragedy “Oedipus Rex”. In “Oedipus Rex”, Oedipus hears a prophecy that he will kill his father and marry his mother. He is frightened so much by this prophesy, that he runs away from his town to avoid his fate. It is later proven though when he des in fact kill his father and marry his mother, that his fate was unavoidable and was going to happen no matter what he did. It is a tragic tale that ends with…show more content…
396). When she commands him to stop, he refuses and says that “it’s too late.” The reason he gives is that he “decided” it is too late. Towards the last chapters, in “the Boy Named Crow,” the boy named Crow flies above the forest and sees a man in “a bright red sweatsuit and a black silk hat” below (p.465). They have a conversation in which we can concur that the man (Johnny Walker) is a “system” without bias that does not distinguish between good and bad. It is a system that is entirely random and does not play by the moral rules human beings have invented. With this being said we can say that Kafka’s fate has little to nothing to do with good or bad. His fate is his fate regardless. We come to realize that Kafka’s prophecy does come true. His fate in inevitable! There is evidence throughout the novel that allows us to come to this conclusion. Kafka kills his father, sleeps with his mother, and sister. Kafka was caught in a web that he could not free himself from. The harder he fought the more he got pulled into his
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