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The Influence Of Fate In Oedipus Rex By Sophocles

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The Golden age lasted from 430 B.C. to 400 B.C. which was an era of prosperity in Greece. During this time a famous Greek writer was coming to fame, the writer of Oedipus Rex, Sophocles. Sophocles is one of the most influential writers of his time. While not all may agree, the plays during this time carved the future for centuries to come even today they are influencing the youths of society. As many youths in high school or college will study this play or one like it, this will allow for the culture of 1000s of years ago to be evaluated on a deeper level. Oedipus Rex is a classic Greek drama and in many Greek dramas hubris plays a key role but so does fate. So is it the fault of fate or of the protagonist’s hubris? With the context of the time period and looking at it with the perspective of the intended audience it is clear that fate has control with the presence of gods and prophecies. In the study of Oedipus Rex what many see as the hubris of Oedipus is actually the controlling of the fates. Today’s society lacks the perspective of the intended audience. As during the Golden Age, gods were heavily relied upon and they believed that fate controlled everything. While today the belief in fate is still present, but the amount of people who are atheist has grown substantially and many religious people believe in free will. Free will being the complete opposite of fate. But calling Oedipus prideful shows narrow mindedness, instead of seeing the perspective of the Greek
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