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Tragedy is the oldest form of drama in the western world It generally deals with two particular points fate and faith This is especially the case in Greek tragedy These plays always incorporate these two points fate being that no matter what the main character or other characters try to do their destiny is predetermined for them and faith being that their storylines or moral values in the play are controlled by higher beings usually the gods However despite the Greek notions of supreme power of the gods and fate Oedipus downfall is primarily the result of King Laius and his own actions and attempts to defy the gods consequently Sophocles says that prophecies from the gods of someones fate should not be ignored Prophecies from the Oracle of Delphi are told to King Laius and Queen Jocasta and to Oedipus In Sophocles play Oedipus the King the roles of free will and destiny in human life come into question and it seems that Sophocles took a direct standpoint on the answer One interpretation of the play provides the notion that Sophocles was pointing out to his fellow Greeks the reality of human free will The question arises throughout the episodes of the play Is it fate or autonomic decision-making that determines the course of events in the life of Oedipus To the Greeks one aspect of this argument was the idea that the character of an individual greatly affected his or her fate in life The character of each individual has certain positive and negative attributes that affect the choices that he or she makes For Oedipus one of the attributes that affected his ultimate destination in life was his intense desire for knowledge and truth One of the driving forces in the play is Oedipus desperate attempt to find out the truth of his origin He pushes Tiresias Creon Jocasta the oracle the messenger and the shepherd for
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