The Importance Of Fate In Oedipus The King

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INTRO The actions taken by the citizens are purely based around fate, and in no way are related to doing things by choice. By knowing that the consequences of their actions are not controlled by themselves, the ancient Greek citizens realize that they will not be the cause of their problems, as fate takes over and controls the results of their actions, which ultimately leading to their downfall. There are many sources for the downfall of the characters, however, fate is uncontrollable and takes over any situation and causes problems. The one person who can relate to this the most is Oedipus, from the play, Oedipus the King,which was written by Sophocles. Despite attempts to take life into his own hands, the power of fate and gods/goddesses…show more content…
During the ancient Greek time period, believing that only fate could determine results was very common. Oedipus, from Sophocles’ Oedipus the King, challenges this by constantly trying to take the actions of his life into his own hands. Near the end of the story, it is revealed that no matter what Oedipus does, there is no way of preventing fate from coming true. Although Oedipus cannot avert fate, the personalities of himself that were once hidden, have arisen. Oedipus reveals his stubbornness, anger, and determination (which comes with his cockiness) in attempts to change his fate. However, no matter what Oedipus does, his fate ends up being much stronger than his actions, which leads to his downfalls. There is nothing Oedipus could have done to prevent what has happened to him, as the roles of gods and goddesses also determined what would happen him. Oedipus believed that he could control his own actions, however, the gods and goddesses ultimately determine the fate that Oedipus wished to change. It becomes apparent that Oedipus’ personality traits and the actions taken by the gods and goddesses would cause his unpreventable

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