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    From birth, Oedipus, the Tragic Hero of Sophocles’ play Oedipus Rex has been destined to kill his father and marry his mother. Although by the opening act of the play, Oedipus has already earned the throne of Thebes for solving the riddle of the sphinx, the greek hero is unaware that he has already fulfilled the prophy. Meanwhile, the people of Thebes are dying of a plague that will only end when the murderer of Laius, the previous Theban King, is punished. Through retrospection, Oedipus believes that

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    Fate is defined as the development of events beyond a person’s control. In “Oedipus the King,” Sophocles, tells us about a tragic hero (Oedipus) in which his life is predetermined by fate, because he is deprived of free will. The first act of fate on Oedipus was him being saved by a shepherd when his parents (Queen Jocasta and King Laius) left him in the mountains to die, he then met and killed his father without knowing who he was, and last, he married Queen Jocasta, later realizing that she was

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    prophetic destiny that they must fulfill? If so, who determines their fate? Who—or what—binds them to their fixed ending? Is there really no way to resist? Is fatalism—the theory that all events are preset and inevitable—true? And if it is—is there ever such a thing as free will? Large-scale questions of such ideas are raised in Sophocles’ play, “Oedipus the King”—a story that deals with the tragic hero, Oedipus, and his demise. Oedipus progresses through the play struggling against his own wicked destiny:

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    predestined to his or her fate? What determines what our next life will be like? Sophocles once said, “Fate has terrible power. You cannot escape it by wealth or war. No fort will keep it out, no ships outrun it,” but is one’s fate planned out before birth? Some may say that people are predestined to their fate, while others believe people have the ability to change it if they want. However, it may be more appropriate to say that even though one tries to change his

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    the tragedy of Oedipus Rex by Sophocles, a man pursues the truth to his identity and suffers a terrible Fate. The citizens of Thebes are begging king Oedipus for help. King Oedipus has previously dealt with the Sphinx and he has sent Creon to the oracle of Delphi to get help from Apollo. Therefore when Creon returns from Delphi he reports that the oracle wants Thebes to find the former king's murderer. Soon after that Oedipus seeks help from a blind seer named Tiresias. Finally Oedipus gets told that

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    In the tragedy Oedipus Rex by Sophocles. Oedipus searches for the truth of his identity, when it backfires. A plague is running loose so Oedipus, as the new king he tries to help Thebes ; his city. His best option is the gods, he turns to Apollo the god. After having a back and forth argument with his brother in law Creon he learns more about the former king’s death. Oedipus then calls for Tiresias, the seer. Tiresias argues with Oedipus about the oracle that tells the fate of Oedipus. Tiresias then

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    Destiny and fate both play a similar role in this play. These are two crucial themes that are central to the play; they have a devastating impact on the story line and unleash terror on the characters. Fate is one of the opposition elements of the play that is influenced by one’s own action but ultimately is dictated by events beyond anybody’s control. By elevating the importance of fate, Sophocles suggests that characters cannot be fully responsible for their actions, but instead, they are unaware

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    Introduction: In Oedipus king wrote by the dramatist and philosopher Sophocles, Oedipus is the only responsible of his destiny. Oedipus was the one who held his fate and destiny in his hands. Because of his actions that he made, the curse that he swore and the prophecy about him, he had to be punished for his actions and sins. Body paragraph 1 The most important thing about the destiny of Oedipus is the Prophecy about what he will become because it where the novel start. - Oedipus is not innocent

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    Fate is an abstract concept displayed in many myths and stories. The idea that a set fate will happen has been popularized into the media for years. From greek myths to modern day books, authors create prophecies that the characters cannot avoid. However, the idea that fate is unavoidable in Oedipus the King by Sophocles is false. Although Oedipus ends up succumbing to the prophecy, his downfall is not a product of the prophecy. Oedipus falls and rises independent to the augury. Oedipus’ downfall

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    and limited because even the smartest human being will commit an error. King Oedipus means to show that human beings are powerless before the gods because they are the ones that created us and sort of path our journey on Earth. Disaster and error can happen to anyone and human beings must have the best attitude toward life (Sparknotes). Decision-making process: Human has the capacity to exert free will even though there is fate. Human's personality will decide their free will. A wise person will make

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