The Theme Of Fate In Oedipus Rex And The Kite Runner

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The idea of men having their whole life carved out for them when they are born has spanned through history and even now. Fate in literature is inescapable as it is often predetermined by a higher being, and these types of literary works can be seen even in 5th century B.C. in the Grecian tragedy Oedipus Rex. In modern literature, protagonists are still bound to the rules of fate causing their very own sufferings evident in the 2003 novel The Kite Runner. Most often than not the protagonists of these novels will try to escape their own fate only to fail and in the end, after they have accepted they begin to exercise their free will in a new journey to redemption. The literary works Oedipus Rex by Sophocles and The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini are examples of stories with the theme of fate that leads the character to their suffering, their use free will to right fate’s wrongs, and their road to redemption. Regarding the theme of fate, the authors of both Oedipus Rex and The Kite Runner discern fate as cruel. In Oedipus Rex, the irony of fate becomes the downfall of the tragic hero Oedipus as he tries to do everything to change his fate despite the warning by the Oracle, Teiresias that regardless of what Oedipus does or says the will of the gods cannot be changed stating “It will end the same, though I hide it in silence,” (Sophocles 22). In the end of the story, Oedipus learns that because of his parents' actions in ordering him killed as an infant and his incorrect belief
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