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A mans actions are truly his own These actions determine his character In order for a man to be considered noble he must possess outstanding qualities and show these qualities through his actions In Oedipus the King by Sophocles Oedipus proves that all though his destiny is predetermined it is his actions that make him the noblest of men Prologue 48 Oedipus though the gods have kept him tragically blind to the truth remains noble of character In Greek tragedies the gods control human destiny They are frequently cruel petty and unjust They have condemned Oedipus before his birth for the trangressions of his parents He is their noble pawn to be played with and sacrificed when he is no longer of amusement or value The gods prefer to keep Oedipus blind to the truth that surrounds him Blind to the deceptions Oedipuss first noble act leaving Corinth to save his parents from a dreadful prophesy sets in motion a downward spiral in his life This action does not cause his downfall however it opens the door which allows his true destiny to proceed He might have never left Corinth had it not been for the deceitfulness of his parents and the confusion the oracle creates when he refuses to answer his questions and presents him only with a riddle At a crossroads Oedipus comes to a crossroads in his life In defending his honor he kills Laios Unaware that the gods have used him and that he has fallen into their trap he completes the first part of the prophecy I should be my fathers murderer 2267 Upon approaching Thebes he solves the Sphinxs riddle freeing Thebes and condemning himself to complete the prophecy The gods have allowed him to have the intellectual ability to solve this riddle but because he is of noble character they refuse him the ability to see clearly what is so obvious They must control destiny if left in
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