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What people commonly call fate is mostly their own stupidity These words marked by one of the great philosophers Arthur Schopenhauer ring true to even before his time The infamous Sophoclean tragedies Oedipus Rex and Oedipus at Colonus of Greek poetry by far exemplify the concept of fate in its entirety as one of the most powerful roles in life As in most other cases the order of destiny and fate come so close to one another it is hard to imagine one without the other When characters stubble upon their fate it is without utmost certainty that they will in one way or another tries to change their course of action and test the limits of in which destiny has set Destiny itself is defined as an inalterable life path where all other paths lead regardless of choice fate is defined as an event or course of events that will inevitably happen in the future As both plays evolve the importance of not only fate and destiny play a major significance in the outcomes of the main character Oedipus the King of Thebes nevertheless as do blindness for it is yet added to his list of enemies Through his determination of testing fate his heroic mental strength his omnipotent rule over Thebes and even to his unforeseen vengeful suffering Oedipus alone led to his own demise Ironically however through physical blindness of his own does he gain the spiritual bliss that could have salvaged his life from the very beginning This amalgamation of fate and blindness first heavily emerge in Oedipus Rex to only put Oedipus to rest in Oedipus in Colonus both plays when assimilated however truly display the effectiveness of fate and blindness as forces or nature that one cannot escape from nor alter To begin in Oedipus Rex there is no doubt that Oedipus is born with a terrible prophecy to kill his own father and marry his mother At the
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