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The characters in the story are free to make their own choices in life Laios upon being told that hisson will kill him and marry his wife chooses to have him killed If Laios had not been told thisprophecy he most certainly would not have killed his own son This is the way in which the godsmanipulated the people by influencing their decisions Without the original prophecy Laios his wifeand their son would have lived long happy lives When Oedipus was living in Corinth believing theking to be his real father he is also told the prophecy by the oracle at Delphi Upon hearing it hedecides to leave Corinth forever thus making sure that he would never fulfill the prophecy Hisdecision is understandable although maybe not the same choice someone else would make In hismind he was certain that he was doing the right thing Oedipus is faced with another choice along hisflight from Corinth where three roads meet He chose to strike out in his rage at being shoved off theroad to make way for a king He killed five men who would have done no harm to him This was hisown choice his own fatal flaw that was not dictated by any god The choices may have been their own but they were choices that would not have been made hadthe prophecy not been told in the first place
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