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In this world there is an uncontrollable force that creates a path for each individual to follow This path is known as fate and it is an irreversible fact of life In one of the greatest Greek tragedies Oedipus the King Oedipus attempts to alter his own fate to avoid the horrific destiny planned for him However Oedipus various attempts to create his own future against fates will are unsuccessful On the other hand Creon accepted what fate had dealt him whether he desire it or not The ancient Greeks believed that fate was dominated by the gods and no one could change this predestined path If altercation is pursued then the ultimate result is disaster The idea that fate can be neither avoided nor altered is a theme of the play Oedipus the King Creon who is simply a secondary character in the play is a prime example of this theme In the play Oedipus accuses Creon of constructing a plot against him so that he himself can assume the role as king Oedipus states You-here You have the gall to show your face before the palace gates You plotting to kill me kill the king-I see it all the marauding thief himself scheming to steal my crown and powerSophocles 594-98 However Creon replies Not at all Not if you see things calmly rationally as I do Look at it this way first who in his right mind would rather rule and live in anxiety than sleep in peaceNot I Im not the man to yearn for kingship not with a kings power in my hands Who would Sophocles 651-58 This proves that Creon wanted nothing to do with the throne He felt that he already held enough power and could still live in tranquility which is all Creon wished for Although Creon did not desire to be king his fate had other plans unbeknownst to him As the play
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