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For the past millennia many famous philosophers and writers have pondered upon the mysterious subject of destiny and fate In Sophocles Oedipus Rex Oedipus is fated by the oracle of Apollo to murder his father and marry his mother The story climaxes as Oedipus learns that a man he kills is in fact his father and that the same woman he sleeps and rules Thebes with is actually his mother In the book Oedipus and other characters attempt to avoid the oracle of Apollo but they fail due to Apollos power In fact every attempt that was made or couldve been made inevitably leads to the revelation of Oedipus birth Although Oedipus possesses knowledge of the oracle he does not see the secrets of his birth Unaware of the complications his origin involves he attempts over and over again to avoid the oracle He only fulfills it In Corinth Oedipus first hears the prophecy and decies to stay away from Corinth Long agoApollo spake a doom that I should knowMy mothers flesh and with mine own hand spillMy fathers blood Tis that and not my willHath kept me always far from Corinth 994-998 Here Oedipus reveals the prophecy as the reason for his unwillingness to be in Corinth However he is not aware of the fact that running away from Corinth provides him the opportunity to meet Laius his father and later kill him thus fulfilling the first portion of the oracle Of course Oedipus still must suffer the exposure of his birth This couldve been avoided if only Oedipus agrees to return to Corinth He refuses Where my parents are I will not go 1008 says Oedipus The Corinthian then tries to convince Oedipus by telling Oedipus he is not son of Polybus which then leads to the uncovering of Oedipus birth In other words as Oedipus attempts to avoid his fate by avoiding Corinth again and again he has already fulfilled his fate
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