All of these are examples that free will does exist in the play, but to what extent? The truth is that Oedipus' choices are what led him to fulfill the prophecy. Whether it be a higher power deciding your life for you or choices that people make. It's mine alone, my destiny-I am Oedipus! At this point, Oedipus has realized that he indeed killed his father and slept with his mother. In my honest opinion, I believe that fate only intervenes in one instance, but free will is distributed throughout the entire story. Once Oedipus learns Laius' murderer must be found and brought to justice, he is determined to discover the truth himself. Here, Sophocles is giving Oedipus another chance to live out his prophecy and show that fate is just inescapable, no matter what measures are taken. Dramatic unraveling of the fate of the idealized Oedipus.
He had two opportunities to stop the outcome of the prophecies when all the signs that he killed Laius were right there in front of him. Fate and free will are two opposing ideas that Sophocles seamlessly blends into the play. It does end up happening, proving divine intervention occurs. In Sophocles world, eyes play a big part in society, as the theme of vision invites the audience to look at the action with a double perspective, through own eyes and through the eyes of those on stage Mastronarde pp. For it is in his own vain that he must solve the final riddle, the riddle of his own life.
As a writer he leaves it up to the reader to interpret the difference between free will and fate. The occasions of self-injury and suicide call to mind the tenacity of life. He goes as far as to blame Tiresias as the cause of the murder. That life is governed by something other than himself. These were a few of her last words. Second, it is told that whoever has Oedipus on their side for the war will win. With all the oracles and talk of prophecies, its obvious that there is some in Oedipus.
Unknowingly, Oedipus had just begun to walk the path that led to his downfall. Ignoring this makes you ignorant to the truth; blind to reality and open to fanciful theories- fate-that close your existence to the real world. They considered Sophocles their most successful playwright and consequently, his works continued to be valued highly throughout the Greek world long after his death. Inevitably, Oedipus will fulfill the prophecy delivered by the oracle before his birth. A tragedy is a very serious issue of great importance that focuses on one topic. Also, being so far from his known home, there was no chance that he could kill his father whom he had lso left behind.
In the play, Oedipus the King, that special force is also used and is known and defined as fate. Oedipus himself makes a different argument at the end of the play, when he says that his terrible deeds were fated, but that it was he alone who chose to blind himself. Trying to avoid destiny is pointless because no matter what, it will catch up to you where ever you are. Shortly after killing Alias, Oedipus arrives in Thebes while a horrifying sphinx terrorizes the town. This theme is used in conjunction with irony, as the character that can see the most is actually blind; then, when the character that has the worst vision can actually see the truth, he blinds himself.
He then chooses, though ruled by anger, to kill an old man blocking his path, who later is discovered to be his real father, King Laius. While Oedipus has the power to control his decisions, he is cursed, and his life has been settled according to the oracle when he was born… Fate vs. In the very beginning of the story, before we hear from the oracle, there is already foreshadowing of Oedipus' impending doom. Twayne World Author Series 731. Sure, it was fate that made Oedipus kill his father, but free will that made him kill Laius that day, in that way. The city is tragically on the surge of death. Jocasta and Laius never actually made sure that Oedipus was killed.
The same debate applies to Oedipus the King and Oedipus at Colonus. Society tends to generally feel that free will is the presiding element in their lives. Laius, Jocasta, and Oedipus all work to prevent the prophecies from coming to pass, but their efforts to thwart the prophecies are what actually bring the prophecies to completion. Hear then: this man whom thou hast sought to arrest With threats and warrants this long while, the wretch Who murdered Laius--that man is here. After discovering she married her son, Jocasta makes the choice to kill herself.
Oedipus is a victim of circumstances… 771 Words 4 Pages In our world today, fate and free will remains the biggest mystery of all; is everything we do controlled or do we have the freedom of choice? For instance, the people of Thebes are suffering from the plague because Laius' murderer Oedipus still lives among them. I believe that Sophocles believed in both fate and free will, but really that man has free will, it just exists within fate and the limitations that go along with it. It is common belief to assume that mankind does indeed have free will and each individual can decide the outcome of his or her life. He obviously believes in the concept of predestination but refuses to obey it himself. All three prophecies come true, thus proving the existence of divine intervention.
Instead, Sophocles leaves the argument of fate versus free will open for more interpretations. This proves to be an effective way to ensure that its citizens understand fate. One could argue that he does have free will, however, in his decision to pursue the facts about his past, despite many suggestions that he let it go. In ancient Greek beliefs, a hero was a man who stood taller than the rest; he was able to better any conflict. His mistakes, however, are very tragic and exceed what he deserves. Now faced with this problem he would like to be a hero again, but things don't always take a turn out good. Destined to marry his mother and murder his father, Oedipus was partly guided by fate.