The Role Of Fate In Oedipus Th

The Role of Fate in "Oedipus the King"
Is Oedipus a victim of the gods, their prophecies, and destiny, or his own fatal flaws? I am under the impression that Sophocles wrote the play to underscore the uselessness of trying to avoid one's fate. He implies that we need to turn to the gods because we cannot see the whole picture. Or rather, we are not willing to see the truth. He insinuates throughout the play that people should turn their trust back to religious fundamentalism. I read this on the Internet. I believe it is said so fittingly:
In the Middle Ages, tragedy was associated with the downfall of eminent people through the inevitable turning of Fortune's wheel; their fall ...

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no-no. The townspeople (chorus) stated:
Destiny guide me always, Destiny find me filled with reverence pure in word and deed. Great laws tower above us, reared on high born for the brilliant vault of heaven.
The great laws signify a great chain of command, if you will. Oedipus has upset that great chain of command by his blatant attempt to defy his fate.
Oedipus was more of a victim of fate rather then a participator. After the climax in which Oedipus learned of his deeds, he exclaimed that he was "dammed from birth". This is also evident when he says:
Wasn't I born for torment? …Else I'm doomed to couple with my mother and cut my father down… Wouldn't a man of judgment say- and wouldn't he be right- some savage power has brought this down upon my head?
Here Oedipus is blaming the gods for his misfortunes. So far, he believes that there is no free will and that the gods control life's outcomes. Then Jocasta leads him to believe that there is no meaning to ...

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