Sins Of The Fathers : Man 's Hubris Vs. Fate 's Intervention

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Sins of the Fathers: Man’s hubris vs. Fate’s intervention in the Theban plays. The sins of the fathers in the Theban plays written by Sophocles, illustrates the conflicts between man’s actions against the power of unwritten law, the willingness to ignore the truth, the misused limits of free will, and the false notion of beating the ways of fate. The fathers, chronologically Lauis, Oedipus, and Creon all exemplify people who acted in ways to avoid the predestined fates set up on them for their own happiness. The first father, Lauis the king of Thebes is portrayed as a person who lets his hubris and ego attempt to rewrite his fate by not heading to the gods, letting lust control his mind and sacrificing others just for his own benefits. On the other hand Oedipus, the son of Lauis initially is contrasted as a man who tries to runs away from his fate to only fall back into the tracks of fate by his own actions.. Lastly Creon, the king after Oedipus brings downfall upon his own house, by not knowing his limit to pride over his power as king and ego. His retaliation to the laws of the gods and his false believe of him being supreme welcomes death and destruction at his own household. These three men ruled the city of Thebes, but do to their unwitting actions and feeble attempts to run away from fate resulted in sin. Each of the three men exhibited the same flaws as their predecessors had, all three of them become great men, while at that same time in their own eyes

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