Oedipus Rex by Sophocles

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Fate is defined as the development of events beyond a person’s control. A person’s predetermined course of events better yet. In Sophocles’s Oedipus the King, fate is primary theme in the play. The influence of fate goes beyond the play but how Greeks viewed fate entirely. Also, Oedipus somewhat represented the Athenian political system and the people of Athens by his leadership. And lastly, having the play unfold, one is able to sympathize with Oedipus and strike pity and fear rather than disgust from his sins. The power of fate in Oedipus the King was one that shaped the entire story. In the beginning of the play, Oedipus heard from Creon that the plague has hit the city of Thebes and for it to move out of Thebes, someone was to finish off the person who killed Laius. Oedipus took it upon himself to save the city. When a blind prophet informed him of the prophecies that Oedipus was the murderer and that the man who was responsible for killing Laius will be the brother and the father of his own children, Oedipus was appalled. When he later told Jocasta of the prophecies, she denied them. And explained that fate isn’t real. Oedipus then realizes that all the prophecies he was told in his lifetime were in fact, true. The influence of fate on Oedipus was something that he couldn’t runaway from. When he found out his parents weren’t his actual parents, Oedipus tried to runaway from his problems. But in actuality, he was the son of Laius and Jocasta, which proved that the

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