Oedipus Rex 2

Oedipus Rex 2 - 870 Fate is an issue that is mentioned in...

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870 Fate is an issue that is mentioned in almost every religion. The majority of people living since the beginning of time up until the present, have had a some sort of opinion on the subject. Oedipus Rex is a story that is held together by the fact that fate is more powerful than anyone’s free will. On this strong basis of fate, free will doesn’t even exist. This is a belief that can be accepted or denied, but in Oedipus’s story, fate is proved inevitable. In the very beginning of the story, before we hear from the oracle, there is already foreshadowing of Oedipus’ impending doom. He himself states to the people, "Sick as you are, not one is as sick as I" (Sophocles 5). This statement is almost eerie when looking back upon it. Alone, it seems as if he knows that he is ill-fated, but reading on he clarifies his pain in this way; "Each of you suffers in himself alone/His anguish, not another’s; but my spirit/Groans for the city, for myself, for you" (Sophocles 5). His pain is not his future, it is the plague of the country. The same basic prophecy of Oedipus is proven in many characters. No matter how many times a specific character tried to play off fate and try to get rid of the situation it stayed exactly the same. Teiresias, the oracle,
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This note was uploaded on 01/09/2011 for the course EDS 103 taught by Professor White during the Spring '10 term at E. Kentucky.

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