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Simply Fate Everyone likes to believe that they have control of their lives but does one really and if not does one have the power to change fate In the plays Oedipus the King and Antigone by Sophocles Oedipus king of Thebs tries to avoid his fate of killing his father and marrying his mother but fate cannot be altered Oedipus fathers Antigone Ismene Polynices and Eteocles with his mother Jocasta unknowingly after killing his father After Oedipus is exiled Antigone and Ismene have a terrible fate to follow When Eteocles and Polynices kill each other in battle only Eteocles is allowed a proper burial while Polynices cannot be buried under the new King Creons law Antigone goes against Creons law to bury her brother and is killed Creons fate is also doomed because by killing Antigone results in his son and wife committing suicide Oedipus Antigone and Creon must learn to accept fate because no matter how hard they try they cannot change it In the beginning of the first play Oedipus the King Oedipus believes he can control and change his own fate When Oedipus learns his destiny he makes a desperate attempt to alter it Apollo told me once-it is my own fate-I must make love to my own mother shed my fathers blood with my own hands So for years Ive given Corinth a wide berth Sophocles 216 Oedipus tries so hard to avoid his horrible fate He believes he has the power to change his future when he has no chance He is being set up by the gods and can never change is fate As the story progresses he sees that he is not in charge of his destiny Oh go-all come true all burst to light Sophocles 232 Oedipus begins to realize that he has fallen right into the plan that the gods made for him Everything Apollos oracle said has come true Finally he fully accepts the
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