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The reading of the play Oedipus Rex requires the reader to decide whether Oedipus downfall was a result of fate or that of his own free will The first choice suggests that Oedipus life was decided from the onset while the latter proposes he is a tragic character and brought about his own misfortune However one may argue that while fate played an important role ultimately it was Oedipus actions and the transition from ignorance to insight concerning his origins that resulted in his collapse The Greeks believed in the power of the gods and of fate Since Oedipus downfall was predicted by the oracle at his birth and again later in the play one might say he could not stop the events from occurring In this way his suffering was inevitable It was his destiny to be fulfilled no matter how he reacted However this theory does not take into consideration the idea of hubris the greatest sin to the Greeks Clearly Oedipus was guilty of this excessive pride with his inability to control his anger He killed his father because of this flaw not because it was fate The oracle predicted what would happen to him as a result of his free will not as a result of his birth Oedipus murdered his father of his own free will He says I struck him in my rageI killed him I killed them allScene 2 line 767 It was also his free will that made him persist in searching for the truth about his birth parents and childhood He is warned many times not to continue but he doesnt listen Teiresias tells him I do not intend to torture myself or you Why persist in askingScene 1 line 319 But Oedipus becomes enraged and insists Teiresias tell him what knowledge he has Again Oedipus anger gets the best of him and he eventually finds out the truth Until this point Oedipus had not
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