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The gods proclaimed a debase fate for Oedipus Instead of being amenable to the gods Oedipus repeatedly attempts to avoid his fate Although it seems like Oedipus disobeys the gods he actually says many things which prove otherwise When his city begins to suffer from drought famine and plagues Oedipus relies on the oracle for a solution To his subjects he declares So with the help of God we shall be savedor else indeed we are lost Sophocles 113 This shows his complete faith in the gods and their decisions When the oracle reveals that the murderer of King Laius is to blame for all of the suffering Oedipus once again declares his trust in the gods The Delphic voice of Zeus has pronounced this revelation Thus I associate myself with the oracle and take the side of the murdered king 316 By doing so Oedipus is confirming his relationship with the gods Even though Oedipus speaks about his faith in the gods in the past he took action against their wishes Oedipus fled his homeland in fear of fulfilling the prophesy which asserted that he would murder his father and sleep with his mother By trying to evade the prophesy he is directly disobeying the gods After hearing that his father died peacefully Oedipus believes that he has succeeded in dodging his fate He even boasts about his accomplishment Why should a man respect the Pythian hearth or give heed to the birds that jangle above his head They prophesied that I would kill Polybusbut he is dead and buriedPolybus has packed the oracles off with him underground Prophesies Are empty words 344 Through his past actions and these words Oedipus is debasing the authority and power of the gods Despite the fact that Oedipus did try to avoid his fate he eventually succumbs to it and therefore he obeys the gods After discovering that he did fulfill the prophesy Oedipus acknowledges that attempting
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