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Perez 1Henry PerezProf AlmanzaEnglish 1302 N02-N0515 November 2019The Illusion of Fate Vs. Free WillThe age-old question of do we have free will or is our fate determined the moment we areborn is a complicated one to answer. Fate is a tricky concept to understand or even talk about. Every day we make choices knowing that each one has a different outcome and will lead us to a different future. We can always say what if I chose the other one, but is that other choice even an option or just an illusion? So, knowing this are we making the decision, or has it been predetermined what we will do, thus giving us the illusion of free will. In Sophocles’ Oedipus and Zach Snyder’s Watchmen, the main characters Oedipus and the heroes’ question what they have done. In both cases, the combination of power, poor choices and the loss of trust in Oedipusand the heroes leads to the downfall of them. Through the use of characterization, Sophocles and Snyder show how power, disorder, and distrust of others can often result in agony and isolated existence. Heroes are meant to be the light that guides us through the darkness and show us a better path in life. This is exactly how our heroes are introduced to use during the drama Oedipus, The King by Sophocles and the movie Watchmen directed by Zach Snyder. Oedipus is first introduced to use after he had saved the city of Thebes from the Phoenix. At this point, Oedipus is seen as a hero who saved the city from its greatest threat. We get a brief look into the characterof Oedipus as king of Thebes. He is willing to help his people as long as it is within his power. “Indeed, I’m willing to give all that you may need. It would be very hard should I not pity
Perez 2suppliants like these. (Sophocles pg. 1775)” In Snyder’s Watchmen, the intro to the movie showshow the superheroes have changed the fabric of everyday life (Watchmen 5:30-11:00). The intro to this movie is unique, it shows both the rise and fall of the superheroes as they failed to protect the weak. Oedipus slowly starts to lose his cool in looking for the previous king’s killer. He wants to find him so he can restore peace to his city, but his main concern is that the killer may soon target him. One writer wrote that “Oedipus sees the pollution as the refusal to reveal what one knows, thereby preventing any healing catharsis from taking place (Searle pg. 531).” Since