Destiny, Fate, Free Will and Free Choice in Oedipus the King - Power of Prophecy

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His past actions were determined by fate, but what he did in Thebes, he did so of his own will.

Oedipus took many actions leading to his own downfall. Oedipus for one could have waited for the plague to end, but out of compassion for his suffering people, he had Creon go to Delphi. Another action that hastened his downfall was that when he learned of Apollo's word, he should have calmly investigated the murder of the former King Laius, Instead of which, he passionately curses the murderer, and in so, unknowingly curses himself.

"Upon the murderer I invoke this curse- whether he is one man and all unknown, or one of many- may he wear out his life in misery or doom! If with my knowledge he lives at my hearth, I pray that I myself may feel my curse." (Sophocles 438; lines 266-271)

In order for Sophecles' Greek audience to relate to the tragic figure, he had to have some type of flaws or an error of ways. This brought the character down to a human level, invoking in them the fear that "it could happen to them." Oedipus character is certainly not without flaws. His pride, ignorance, insolence and disbelief in the gods, and unrelenting quest for the truth ultimately contributed to his destruction. When Oedipus was told that he was responsible for the murder of Laius, he became enraged and calls the old oracle a liar. He ran away from his home, Corinth,…

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