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The main element in Oedipus Tyrannus centers on the finality of fate no matter how hard characters try to escape hinder or alter their fate it catches up and overthrows them in the end This manifests in three ways The first is how characters rely on oracles The second is Laius and Jocastas attempt to murder their child to avoid future calamity The third is Oedipuss decision to flee his homeland for fear of harming his parents unwillingly All of the characters rely on oracles like the oracle of Delphi and prophets like Teresias In the book there is a plague in Thebes and Oedipus sends Creon to the oracle of Delphi He also sends for Teresias This is a firm belief in fate King Laius and Jocasta try to escape the hideous prophecy of the oracle by pinning Oedipus ankles together when he is a child Laius gives Oedipus to a servant to be disposed of Jocasta tells Oedipus an oracle came to Laius once from the pythian priestshe told him that he would die at the hands of his own child his child and minethe child--when he was three days old Laius drove pins into his ankles and handed him to someone to cast upon a deserted mountain path--to die And so Apollos prophecy was unfulfilled--the child did not kill his father In the beginning of this tragedy Oedipus took many actions leading to his own downfall He tried to escape Corinth when he learned of the prophecies that were supposed to happen in his life Instead he fell right into the trap of the prediction by unintentionally killing his father and later marrying his mother When Oedipus finds out the truth about what happened he says O God O No I see it now All clear O Light I will never look on you again Sin Sin in my birth Sin in my marriage Sin in blood Oedipuss
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