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Is man free to mold his own destiny or is he a mere thread on the spool of life the Fates the three female deities of Greek Mythology cut Can in fact man determine his life based on his own free will or will he be subject to the web that is weaved for him The force which controls the path of man has been a long survived question This inquiry remains unanswered yet consist of many explanations Plato and Aristotle both felt that a world in which fate ruled completely could not be a good world In such a realm man could not be held responsible for his actions Whether good or bad he could not therefore be blamed This idea was supported by their fellow Greeks and can be seen in the tragedies of ancient Greece such as Oedipus the King Antigone and Medea Life is seen as a fate determined by the person and their choices rather than by the gods This path the character takes is often directed by the characters flaws or the great error he makes often leading to his downfall Oedipus the King written by Sophocles starts off describing the famine disease and poverty stricken Thebes The town is in ruins because of a great error made by Oedipus He had followed the specific prediction of the oracle he had originally tried so hard to change This error being he killed his father and married his mother Due to his character flaws he had made decisions that soon led to his inevitable destruction Upon meeting the King of Thebes at the crossing of three roads his arrogance and temper resulted in the death of Oedipuss father the King of Thebes Passing through the City of Thebes he ended up marrying Jocasta his mother Both are puzzled with who murdered King Laius They send for a prophet yet because of Oedipuss lack of patience and blindness he is unable
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