Similar Ideas of Fate in Oedipus the King, by Sophocles and Crash

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The play, Oedipus the King, by Sophocles, shares very similar ideas of fate as the movie Crash. Fate is the idea that the outcome of events are out of our control, that your life is predetermined. Both of these works use the idea that one cannot escape their fate, that it is set and nothing can change it. However, in Oedipus the King, Oedipus believes that he can escape or change his fate while the characters in Crash do not even try to. In the play, Oedipus the King, Oedipus believes that he can control his fate, however, he realizes that he cannot so tries to escape it. Oedipus has a tragic flaw, he does not see the truth and only believes what he wants to. When the blind prophet Tiresias tells Oedipus that he is the cause of Thebes’ …show more content…

This puts Daniel in a potentially dangerous situation that is out of his control. After finding his shop in shambles, Farhad goes to Daniel’s house to confront him and demands his money back. While they are disputing, Daniel’s young daughter runs out and jumps on him, shocking Farhad and causing him to shoot. Luckily, the bullets are blanks and Daniel’s daughter is completely unharmed. This situation was out of Daniel’s control, it was not his fault and he could do nothing about Farhad, who had acted on his emotions and assumptions. This film tries to show that no matter how hard people try to break their stereotypes, others will still judge them. Crash exposes that racial stereotypes are still a big issue in the 21st century, which I agree with. People often do follow stereotypes, even though they try not to. Also, people do not want to be judged according to stereotypes but, they still participate in acts that feed them. An example of this from Crash is Anthony’s character. He complains about being stereotyped but then steals Jean’s car, feeding a “typical” African-American stereotype. In the movie, Anthony encounters Cameron when attempting to steal his car and fails because Cameron is not scared of him, just ashamed. Cameron says to Anthony, “Look at me. You embarrass me. You embarrass yourself.”, which I can relate to my own personal experiences. There are times when people represent my races poorly and embarrass many others, including me. I

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