Examples Of Freewill In Oedipus Rex

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Avinash Khanchandani
Ms. Murphy
European Literature
1 Jan 2016 Fate vs. Freewill In the Tragic Play, Oedipus Rex, by Sophocles the story is debateable to be either Fate or Freewill. Oedipus, the main character of the play is a victim of both fate and freewill in my opinion. Free will is the ability to make your own choices and do what you want to do. On the other hand, to believe that every human’s life is predetermined and set from birth to death and everything in between is considered to be Fate. It has been an ongoing debate whether human life is governed by fate or freewill. It all started when Oedipus was born to the king and queen of Thebes, Laius and Jocasta. Oedipus was predicted to have really bad fate when he was born. So, the shepherd was told to take the baby Oedipus and kill him. The shepherd didn’t listen and didn’t kill baby Oedipus and he ended up in the arms of the king and queen of Corinth. The actions done by both the King and Queen of Thebes to have Oedipus killed and the Shepherd not killing him in my opinion is an action of freewill. Both were optional but in long run, it could be all good fate of Oedipus. In the play Teiresias says to Oedipus on pg.341 “ Well, it will come what will, though I be mute.” This quote means whatever happens, happens. There is nothing she can do about it.
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That is where is all went wrong and the fate that was predicted when he was born comes into places. On the way to Thebes, Oedipus came to two different roads and he had to make a choice to which one to follow. He ended up going into the direction of Laius his birth father. There he ended up killing Laius, not knowing it was his father, and all of Laius’ men. This was one of the things that were predicted to happen when Oedipus was born. This could have been fate but Oedipus chose to go back and fight Laius which is Freewill. In the play Oedipus is told on
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