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Oedipus the King: Free Will or Fate Christine. Farrell Thomas Edison State College Free will or fate is a collective discussion in our society. From a religious perspective we are led to believe that a higher being is in control of our fate yet others may argue that free will is a natural course in human evolvement. Nonetheless, the same discussion can be applied to Oedipus the King regarding his actions, was it fate or prearranged? Oedipus quest for knowledge and truth led him to overlook the signs of the gods. His determination to learn about who he really is became a major factor in the play, it ultimately set a tenor for the readers to deliberate whether his actions were by choices or preordain. In the beginning, the oracle states to Oedipus that his parents were not his birth parents and that he would kill his father and wed his mother, Jocasta. Nevertheless, the tragedy of the play sets Oedipus as a very prideful man who perhaps was too tenacious to see his own faults. Although the

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