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Jocastas philosophy of life is part of the main issue of Sophocles play King Oedipus destiny vs freewill Her statement chance rules our lives however is quite ironic as Jocasta had taken the fate of her son Oedipus very seriously when he was first born so much so as to have him left to die on Mount Cithaeron in order to avoid his destiny Oedipus is also very closely related to this debate Was it chance that caused him to kill his father and marry his mother as was prophesied or was it fate This debate then extends to whether Oedipus deserved his self-inflicted punishment for his crimes If it was fate and hence unavoidable how could he be held responsible Jocasta paid a very heavy price for her attempts to thwart her sons fate By sending him away to be exposed to the elements and die rather than allowing him to live to fulfil his prophesised fate Jocasta was effectively denying the gods as well as setting up the situation for the prophecy to come into reality By the choices she made Oedipus grew up by chance not knowing who his true parents were so when he was killing his father and marrying his mother by choice he had no reason to think he might possibly be completing his fate Ironically Jocastas fear of destiny was what brought it around and set her own fate She believed she had disproved the prophecy and hence she rejected the gods and fate - a fig for divination - only to learn that she was completely wrong and committed suicide for her punishment Jocasta did help set Oedipus fate but he had a hand in it himself The three flaws of his personality rashness quick and brutal temper and pride lead him straight to his wretched fate First of all when he first heard of the prophecy his rashness caused him to flee Corinth But
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