Free Will In Oedipus

analytical Essay
1772 words
1772 words

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 …show more content…

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how oedipus rex is an example of people trying to fight a horrible fate. an oracle told him that he would kill his father and marry his mother.
  • Analyzes how oedipus' free will is not dependent on making the prophecy come true; he chooses to seek out the truth to lift the curse over thebes.
  • Analyzes how creon, jocasta's brother, ascends to the throne of thebes after oedipus' two sons kill each other.
  • Analyzes how creon was given a warning by the seer tiresias after it was too late to save antigone.
  • Asks whether humans are truly masters of their own destiny, or if there is a force beyond their control pulling the strings.
  • Analyzes how the iliad details the trojan war, a war fought between trojans and greeks, to reclaim helen, the wife of menelaus.

Oedipus had no control over his destiny. The control and free will that Oedipus has over his fate is not dependent on making the prophecy come true. Instead, the only aspect that he can exercise free will over is whether or not he will find out the truth. Oedipus chooses to seek out the truth, in order to lift the curse over Thebes. Jocasta even warns Oedipus not to search for the truth, telling him “Ah mayst thou ne'er discover who thou art!” (Sophocles Oedipus the King 1068). Oedipus ignores her advice and says, “Let the storm burst, my fixed resolve still holds, To learn my lineage, be it ne'er so low” (Sophocles Oedipus the King 1078). Oedipus ignores all warnings and consciously chooses to seek the truth. Upon learning the truth, that the prophecy did indeed come true and Oedipus is his father’s murderer and his mother’s lover, Jocasta commits suicide and Oedipus blinds and exiles himself. Oedipus had no control over the prophecy, because it came true despite everyone’s best effort to stop it, but he was able to choose whether or not to uncover the truth. He could have lived out his days in ignorant bliss, but instead he chose to uncover the truth, and as a result he received a horrible

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