Within the play, Oedipus describes fate as “Darkness!/Horror of darkness enfolding, resistless, unspeakable visitant/sped by an ill wind in haste!” (1391-1393). Fate was seen as thought it was inescapable, unspeakable, and unstoppable for man to concur; which it was left to be said that fate always had the final say. Laius and Jocasta, which is Oedipus’ biological parents, attempted to avoid fates cruel hand by leaving their infant son on a mountainside to die, and Oedipus attempted to avoid this by leaving the home of the people who raised him on the conjecture that they were his birth parents. Despite after all these efforts to change their own fates and avoid the prophecy stated by Tiresias, the inevitable still occurred and the prophecy transpired within the play. Oedipus with all of his might he could not circ...
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