In the play Oedipus - Harsh Patel Comp111-B81 Essay 2...

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Harsh Patel Comp111-B81 Essay 2 Oedipus Rex: Fate and Pride In “Oedipus the King”, by Sophocles the antagonist is fate, there was an ongoing synergy between fate and knowledge that was constantly rejected. The theme of fate is deeply intertwined in the plot. In this play all the characters meet their fate despite trying to escape it. Two characters bring about a fate worse than their original fate as punishment for trying to escape their fate. Oedipus, the main character, struggled to dominate his own destiny, but ironically fell back into his bizarre misfortune that was in the end, inevitable. Misfortune, false realities, deception: all a result of Oedipus knowing too much and at the same time too little of his true lot in life. Knowledge was what nurtured him into false pretenses. Knowledge was a false pretense. By knowing that his parents were out of harm’s way, namely his, he knew that his prophecy would not come true. He knew that as long as his father was still alive and he was married to a woman not even related to his mother. When Oedipus fled from his adoptive parents, he started the chain reaction of ironic happenstance that would eventually direct him in a complete circle back into the same position he was when he left Corinth. The destiny of doom that Oedipus was attempting to avoid was the destiny that he was inadvertently fulfilling.
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The tragic hero Oedipus did something of greatness by relieving the people of Thebes from a plague that caused suffering to all the people. He did this by answering a riddle that some
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