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Fate and Freewill Oedipus the King written by Sophocles between CA 496-405 BC is an example of Sophocles belief that fate controls a mans life despite his capability of free will Is life decided by fate in that there is some master plan for our lives Do we go through life making chance decisions without purpose If life is pre-determined by fate are we responsible for our actions The Greeks believed heavily in prophecies pre-determined life and divine laws Fate and freewill are explored and brought to light in the play through the main character Oedipus Oedipus is influenced by his inner strengths free will and pride and uncontrollable forces fate While Oedipus has free will to make his own decisions fate continues to reveal itself in the end Sophocles shows how no one has control over their life and that fate is more powerful than evil At the moment of his birth Oedipus seems to have a pre-determined set of events that would lead to his own destruction Although he has free will the decisions he makes are set within the limits of fate and end up bringing the prophecy to life The author suggests that humans have free will but are limited by higher order that controls our path in life For example the God Apollo tells Oedipus You are fated to couple with your mother you will bring a breed of children into the light no man can bear to see-you will kills your father the one who gave you life 844 Here Apollo reveals Oedipus fate and starts him on his path in life Little known to him hearing his future leads him closer to his fate Seconds after hearing Apollos words Oedipus tells Jocasta I heard all that and ran I abandoned Corinth always running towards some place where I would never see the shame of all those oracles come true 844 Oedipus believes in prophets but feels
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