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Was it that the gods were poking at him like a goldfish in a small glass jar Was Oedipuss life actually foretold by a prophet before he was ever conceived Or was it mere happenstance that Oedipuss life had fallen perfectly in place with the words of that prophet Did fate play a major role in the life of Oedipus Rex or was it just coincidence Ah fate and coincidence destiny of chance two totally opposite concepts Yet one may just be the largest determining factor of life Which one determines the events of Oedipus Rex all depends upon the views of the reader Both ideas are strongly established as the drama unfolds The ironic thing about it however is that the evidence which proves one to be present also proves the second to be present and visa-versa Meaning most of the facts which support one of the concepts are also the facts that support the other concept For example before Oedipus was born a prophet of the god Apollo told King Laius that he and Jocasta would bear a son who would among other things marry his mother Hoping to avert this the King and Queen asked one of the shepherds to take their son to a mountain and leave the baby to die Oedipus did in fact not die that day He grew up and by some strange coincidence or through fate married the woman who was years ago told by a prophet that she would marry her son child This child being of course Oedipus One might assume that the words of that prophet were destiny they were the unconditional future and nothing could run from them However it may also appear that the baby who was given up to die survived and by some strange coincidence grew up and found a wife who just happens to be his mother
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