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Life in BalanceBalance Doctors teachers and family they always stress this They tell us to keep a balance of work and play junk food and vegetables and even sleep and activity In our everyday lives balance is a necessity to maintain our health and happiness However many of the characters in Oedipus the King written by Sophocles do not live a life of balance rather they live with a confusing combination of fate and free will They believe in fate and the Greek gods like Apollo however once they learn their fate through an oracle like Tiresias they try to change it If they had truly believed in fate they would believe that it is not changeable and accept it rather than trying to avoid it As we see in the play Oedipus and his biological parents learn of the horrible prophecy and try to change itFate and free will an interesting and confusing combination is a major themebelief shown throughout the book The main character Oedipus makes this combination the most evident when he learns of his fate from Tiresias but refuses to accept it for being set in stone Trudging toward our city A stranger unknown seeking his fortune He met the Sphinx and and answered The unanswerable 15 The reason that Oedipus was traveling aimlessly and stumbled upon this city in need was that he ran away from home to avoid killing his father and marrying his mother as the prophecy states This shows that he believes in fate because if he had not truly believed in fate he would not even bother to try to avoid it It also shows free will because he does try to change the prophecyKing Laius the former king of Thebes before Oedipus also learned of this prophecy through Tiresias and because of beliefs self-preservation and fate he tries to abandon his son to be left to die As an extra security measure he told the
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