When establishing whether it was fate or free will that determined the outcome of Oedipus’ life we must take in to consideration each side. Some people can say that he brought all of his suffering on himself but then again some people can say that it was his destiny that bad things were to happen to him.
What does it mean to have free will? From my perspective it is the ability to make your own decisions when confronted with problems in order to have an outcome you desire. According to dictionary.com it is “the doctrine that the conduct of human being expresses personal choice and is not simply determined by physical or divine forces.” Even with humans being capable of choosing their own destiny, is it possible to over come fate no matter how hard you try? There is a theory of life that is summarized as everything happens for a reason because that is your destiny. My confusion is, can free will come into play and change your destiny? Can you actually have the free will to change the outcome of what fate has in store for you. Free will and fate are continuously demonstrated in Oedipus the King the play, how ever only one brought Oedipus towards downfall and ultimately to his death. An analysis of Oedipus reveals that no matter how we try to avoid our fate, it will happen.
A question that has existed in the minds of many since the beginning of time is whether life is determined by fate or free will. Most people have an opinion often based on their religious beliefs. Marcello Gleiser writes on the subject, “The question of free will is essentially a question of agency, of who is in charge as we go through our lives making all sorts of choices” (Gleiser). Many have looked to Oedipus: The King as a representation of fate vs. free will. Oedipus’ childhood is one in which an impossible number of things have to fall into place for it not to be fate. King Laius’ mysterious murder leads Oedipus to do some investigating, and in doing so, he uncovers something that will change his life forever. There is no way that free
Fate is the belief that a person's life is being controlled by destiny while free will is the belief that a person's life is being controlled by themselves where they choose how to live their life and without an external force. Although this topic has divided people for many centuries, many famous poets and authors have used this to their advantage. One example of fate versus free will is Oedipus Rex by Sophocles. Oedipus Rex should be considered to be categorized as a free will drama because of several events that happen that shows Oedipus free will, such as the example of the messenger telling Jocasta the good news, 2“MESSENGER: The people of Isthmus will choose Oedipus to be their king. That is the rumor there.” (1061-1062) The Messenger
Words like destiny, fate, and predestination have a much meaning to people today, as countless people believe in it. On the other hand, the belief that a person controls his life has been established as an opposing belief. The book Oedipus the King, a Greek tragedy, written by Sophocles, examines this debate between fate and choice. Although some people argue that the tragedies that took place in Oedipus' life were destined to happen, the grim circumstances that surrounded Oedipus' life were the result of his own free will and the decisions he made about many of these circumstances.
The Victim of Fate in Oedipus Rex
The question has been raised as to whether Oedipus was a victim of fate or of his own actions. This essay will show that Oedipus was a victim of fate, but he was no puppet because he freely and actively sought his doom, although he was warned many times of the inevitable repercussions of his actions.
When first considering this topic, I speculated that maybe it was the destiny of Oedipus to suffer, but a friend asked me to explain why Oedipus, in the act of gouging his eyes out, cries explicitly:
No more, no more shall you look on the misery about me,
The horrors ...
Fate or Free will?
Fate, one of the many confusing questions in life, does it exist? Does it not? Do you make these choices on your own that cause you to go astray?
Are we truly the masters of our own destiny? Or is there a force beyond our control pulling the strings? Are we actually beings with free will, or is there someone or something deciding everything for us? Humans have asked these questions for centuries. Different religions and beliefs have different answers to this question. Some believe there is some force out there that controls our destinies for us, and therefore we have no control over the course of our life. Others believe that we have complete autonomy and can exercise free will over everything. However, no matter what one believes, there are always a few aspects of life that are out of our control. After all, no one can control where we are born or to whom we are born. We cannot control
Every aspect of Oedipus’ life and everyone he loves eventually suffers from a horrible fate predicted by the gods. However, did Oedipus have to suffer his fate or did he have the power to change it; is the outcome of Oedipus’s life really the result of fate or his own actions? After...
Ever since the beginning of time, fate and freewill have both been concepts whose existence has never truly been proven to mankind. In society, many people believe they have the right to choose their own path, but they are wrong. From the past to today, the way anyone’s life is governed hasn’t changed at all; everything has already been determined for everyone. Everything that happens, happens for a reason beyond anyone’s field of knowledge. These things or powers, govern the future from the beginning to the end. The play, Oedipus The King is a myth about a great ruler who is going against his fate trying to have freewill but fails. This great King Oedipus lived in Thebes, when he first got there he saved the people after losing their own King, Laius. When Oedipus was trying to figure out who killed King Laius, he spoke with a prophet in his palace. He asked who killed Laius where the three roads meet. The