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Theme Of Fate In Oedipus Rex

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A motif in Oedipus Rex is the matter of fate and the amount of control that the characters have over their own. Fate, when used as a noun, is defined as events beyond a person's control, usually developed by supernatural beings. I think Sophocles’s work misused the word “fate”. Throughout this work, I believe the characters were trying to reconstruct their future, not their fate, since it’s inhumanly possible to do so even for the Greeks. Sophocles does demonstrate the human desire to control their future and ultimately accept the consequences through three characters; Oedipus, Jocasta and King Laius. Immediate panic during a possible life threatening situation is human instinct, such as slamming the breaks when your car hydroplanes. The king and queen did exactly this, trying to have a sense of control over their life, when they disposed of their son. When Oedipus starts questioning what he has been told about his hand shedding the blood of the king, Jocasta started to explain that an oracle once said that “it was fate that (King Laius) should die a victim at the hands of his own son, a son to be born of Laius and me.” She then continued to explain their remedy to the situation which was “before three days were out after (the son’s) birth King Laius pierced his ankles and by the hands of others cast him forth upon a pathless hillside.” This action was carried out in hopes that they could prevent the oracle from happening. As for the need for control that Oedipus
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