Essay on Our Decisions and a Predetermined Fate: Oedipus the King

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Since the dawn of time prophecies have supposedly been passed down directly from the gods unto the prophets. In the ancient Grecian time, god’s word was worshipped and fate was all but fact. In the bible, Moses was one of the most famous prophets. In the 1500s, Nostradamus, who was a French apothecary and seer, wrote an entire collection of prophecies. Throughout history there have been theses men and many more who claimed to know details about the future. Why would so many prophecies become world renowned if there were no truths to them? More importantly, does fate even exist? I believe that people have the will to make their own choices and make decisions throughout their daily life however no matter what choices we make the…show more content…
(Sophocles)
The shepherd gives Oedipus the affirmation that what he refused to believe is indeed true. He accepts that fate has caught up with him after all and lead his life into the foreseen ruins. Even though Oedipus has tried his whole life to escape the prophecy that he had been foretold, he still faces the same end that had been prophesized of him not only by the oracle of Delphi but by Teiresias as well. One example of modern day prophecies are the works of Nostradamus. Along with predicting many major world events, he also predicted the existence of certain antichrists. The works of this soothsayer have been analyzed by many over the years and most experts concur that his prophetic quatrains do have meaning beyond just simply words. In one of his quatrains in his book Les Propheties ("The Prophecies"), Nostradamus notes:
Out of the deepest part of the west of Europe,
From poor people a young child shall be born,
Who with his tongue shall seduce many people,
His fame shall increase in the Eastern Kingdom. (Nostradamus)
It is clear to me, as it has been clear to many experts that Nostradamus is referring to Adolf Hitler. First off, he says that this person will be from Western Europe and born into an underprivileged family, both of which apply to Hitler as he was born in Austria and was part of a lower class family. Secondly, Hitler became so widely known and powerful for his incredible

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