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ESSAY RESPONSE Oedipus Rex suggests that people ultimately have little control over their own lives Do you agree The great philosopher Socrates believed that humans rule themselves with a combination of fate and free will In Oedipus Rex this belief becomes a realisation with a vicious combination of fate and free will contributing to the destruction of Oedipus Oedipus prophecy about killing his father and sleeping with his mother his insatiable quest for the truth and his self-blinding all concur to destroy Oedipus life Before the play begins the oracle Apollo bestows a prophecy on Oedipus that will kill his father and sleep with his mother Oedipus describes his fears to Jocasta when he tells her that the oracle of Delphi says that how I must marry my mother and become the parent of a misbegotten brood an offence to all mankind - and kill my father Oedipus 827-829 Because of this fear Oedipus leaves his home and the people who he believes to be his parents only to kill his true father and set the oracle in motion all be it unknowingly and accidentally In killing King Laius Oedipus does not slaughter his entire group sparing one man who ultimately is the key to his undoing This unavoidable twist of fate is the one of the keys to Oedipus destruction This is an example of how fate and free will control ones life It was Oedipus free will to kill the men but fate that it was his true father and that he was to leave one man alive who ultimately proved his undoing Jocasta was also given a prophecy of he own by an oracle it was foretold that the son she and Laius bore would kill his father So Jocasta had the child sent away to his death in an attempt to avoid fate but human nature intervened and her son survived The shepherd whom Jocatsa entrusted to
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