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The Tragedy of Oedipus the King Man must accept responsibility for both his own actions and the consequences of those mistakes he comes to make No excuse or point of finger should take away from his duties of taking responsibility The events in Oedipus the King written by Sophocles shows an underlying relationship of mans free will existing within the order or fate which the Greeks believed guided the vast universe Man was free to choose and was ultimately held responsible for his own actions The concept of fate and free will both play an important part in Oedipus destruction Although he was a victim of this fate he was not controlled by it Oedipus was destined from birth to someday marry his mother and to murder his father This prophecy as warned by the oracle of Apollo at Delphi would inevitably 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 raising himself to the level of the gods by circumventing the divine will he did so from his own will leading to his tragic flaw of hubris In order for the Greek audience to relate to the tragic figure he had to have some type of flaw This brought the character down to a human level presenting the fear of it could happen to me Oedipus pride disbelief in the gods and quest for the truth ultimately contributed to his destruction When Oedipus was told that he was responsible for the murder of Laius he becomes enraged and calls the old oracle a liar pushing himself up to god-type status The chorus warns us of mans need to have reverence for the gods and the dangers of too much pride but Oedipus is blinded by the desire to uncover the truth about Laius murder and the mystery surrounding his own birth Should we feel pity The
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