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The Importance Of Fate In Oedipus Rex

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“What separates the winners from the losers is how a person reacts to each new twist of fate.” This becomes true when regarding any situation which life presents itself, and the losers ultimately spend their days wallowing in their grief as they realize how they mishandled their fate. The same is true in Oedipus Rex, when the tragic hero, Oedipus, attempts to change his fate, but only ends up fulfilling it and causing more destruction than foretold. In the tragic play, Oedipus Rex, Sophocles demonstrates Oedipus attempting to alter his fate, but backfires and becomes the onset for traumatic experiences.
Oedipus, having heard his fate from an oracle, attempts to escape it, but only fulfils it through his attempts to elude it. As a young and naive mortal, Oedipus, attempts to evade the gods and cast them to the side by trying to set his own fate, but this very disrespect of the gods unravels his fate before him. This escape from fate, however, does not begin with Oedipus, but with his true father, Laïos, who “had pierced the baby [Oedipus’] ankles and left him to die,” in attempt to prevent the future events (38). The father, who had also been told of his child’s fate, endeavors to kill this child and prevent the soiling of his lineage and his ultimate downfall. Laïos, in trying to avoid fate, sets a precedent for his son, giving light to the old maxim of “the apple doesn't fall far from the tree,” and shows that the corruption is not inherent in their fate, but of their
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