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In Oedipus the King it is made quite clear by Sophocles that trying to defy your fate is pointless and only results in your fate coming to pass whether you like it or not The first example of the pointlessness of trying to defy your fate is that of Laius One day Laius Oedipus true father was confronted by an oracle of Apollo This oracle said that doom would strike him down at the hands of a son When Jocasta his wife gave birth to a son Laius believing he could defy the prediction of Apollos oracle ordered that his newborn son be put to death He gave the child to Jocasta and she gave the child to a servant in the castle telling him to bind the baby and leave him on a far hill to die The child was bound and taken by the servant but the servant could not bare to leave the child to die The servant found a shepherd in a nearby field and gave him the child to care for and hoped that no one would find out what he had done Many years later long after the events with the Laius child had taken place Laius set out on a journey He came to fork in the road and at this fork he and his men ran into a stranger Laius and his men became involved in an argument with this stranger and the stranger became so angry he murdered Laius and all but one of his men So it would appear that Laius did in fact defy the predictions of the oracle He was not murdered by his son but by some strange man he ran into on a journey However there is a twist in this story That stranger was in fact his long forgotten and presumed dead son who was on a journey of his own to defy the fate that he had
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