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The events in Oedipus the King written by Sophocles show an essential relationship of mans free will versus mans fate The Greeks believed man was free to choose between the both but was ultimately held responsible for his own actions Both the concept of fate and free will played a significant part in Oedipus destruction Although he was a victim of fate he was not controlled by it Oedipus was destined from birth to someday marry his mother and to murder his father This prophecy or vision as warned by the oracle of Apollo at Delphi was unconditional and inevitably would come to pass no matter what he may have done to avoid it His past actions were determined by fate but what he did in Thebes he did so of his own will From the beginning of this tragedy Oedipus took many actions leading to his own downfall Oedipus could have waited for the plague to end but out of compassion for his suffering people he had Creon his brother in law go to Delphi When he learned of Apollos word he could have calmly investigated the murder of the former King Laius but in his rush he passionately curses the murderer and in so unknowingly curses himself And this curse too against the one who did it whether alone in secrecy or with others may he wear out his life unblest and evil pg 1261 lines 251-253 Oedipuss pride ignorance and disbelief in the gods and determined quest for the truth ultimately contributed to his destruction When Oedipus was told after threatening Teiresias that he was responsible for the murder of Laius he became enraged and calls the old oracle a liar He then ran away from his home Corinth in hopes of outsmarting the gods divine will Like his father Oedipus also sought ways to escape the horrible destiny told by the oracle of Apollo The chorus warns us of mans needs
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