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1SchwarzwalderNathan SchwarzwalderProfessor LarsonLIT 205October 2, 2020Fighting Destiny Death, family, and fate are the themes that surround Sophocles' Oedipus the King. It appears to depict a man trapped in a prophecy that offers no escape. From begging to end, we seeOedipus struggle with the truth and the outcomes that are predestined. But if we dig deeper, we can find an underlying theme: Humans can assert independence within their planned destiny. Fate plays a significant role in the play, but it is not the driving force when it comes to Oedipus's decisions.Prophecies are continually coming true during the play. Jocasta and Liouis left their child to die in order to defeat the curse that he would grow up and kill his father and marry his mother. Laius and Jocasta abandoned their son when he was young to try and thwart the fate that had been told to them about their son. Oedipus, when he learned of the fortune, fled Corinth, assuming that this prophecy applied to Polybus, his "Biological" Father. When Oedipus learned

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