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Marc Krishke Name: Marc Krishke Instructor’s Name: Professor Karen Richie Course: English 1220 Date: 18 December 2008 1
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Marc Krishke Name: Marc Krishke Instructor’s Name: Professor Karen Richie Course: English 1220 Date: 12/10/08 Title: Oedipus the King: A Story of Fate Thesis: “Oedipus the King” by is generally a story about fate as it deals with its unalterable nature and the consequences that come with the attempt to change it. I. Fate and its Characteristics A. Characteristics of Fate 1. Fate as controlled by external force 2. Insignificance of man in relation to fate B. Fate according to Sophocles 1. Determined nature of fate 2. Freedom of man as manifested through his attitude towards destiny II. Oedipus A. His destiny as determined before his birth 1. The attempt of King Laius and Queen Jocasta to alter his fate 2. The futility of such attempt B. Oedipus’ lack of knowledge as instrumental in determining his fate C. Oedipus’ negative attitude towards his destiny D. Man’s attitude as uncontrolled by fate but possesses the power to influence 1. The role of arrogance and self-confidence in the fulfillment of the prophecy 2. Arrogance as a result of experience 3. Self-confidence as contributed by the people of Thebes 4. Arrogance and self-confidence as his response against fate 2
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Marc Krishke III. Fate according to Epictetus A. Fate must not be feared and wanted B. Fate must be accepted with grace and dignity C. Fate must be embraced as the will of gods D. Refusal to accept fate results in tragedy 3
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Marc Krishke Name: Marc Krishke Instructor’s Name: Professor Karen Richie Course: English 1220 Date: 18 December 2008 Oedipus the King: A Story of Fate The tragic play Oedipus the King by Sophocles is essentially a story about fate. It is a tale that revolves around the nature of fate and the actions that the characters resort to change it. The characters in the play have been informed of their respective destinies. They did not like what they heard; as a result, they had exerted tremendous effort to alter their fates. Unfortunately, it was this effort that directly led to the fulfillment of their fates. Hence, fate plays a significant and central role in Oedipus the King by Sophocles. According to Ian Johnston, the concept of fate or fatalism is grounded on this premise: there is something beyond humanity, which is in control of human lives. There is an external force or outside power, which is in charge of our destiny. Therefore, the fate of mankind rests on something or someone else. It also means that man is not capable of changing it, since it is beyond his control. In the entire scheme of the universe, man is but a small, unimportant feature (Wallace 18). Dilman stated that Sophocles tried to convey two important points in his play.
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