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In Ancient Greece there was a dominant belief of fate and also a belief about the existence of gods reigned In Oedipus the King by Sophocles these topics are discussed What the reader receives is a clear insight into Sophocles idea about fate and the gods The concepts of gods and fate were created to explain lifes unexpected surprises In Ancient Greece a lot was not understood science was merely an infant and everything that happened was explained as an act of the gods or fate Gods were the pinnacle of power existing since the dawn of time They were immortal omnipresent and omnipotent Different gods had different personalities In this sense the gods were anthropomorphic Having such mastery of the world would enable them to control mans behavior Making fate such a large part of the play is an expression of the Greeks idea that fate controls us no matter how hard we struggle against it This idea is shown in Oedipus Rex Fate is the idea that peoples lives are predetermined and that no matter what is done fate cannot be changed With the gods it was used to explore events that seemed unexplainable Sophocles explores this by explaining Oedipus fate Fate is a compelling idea Regardless of how hard Oedipus struggles he is still on the receiving end of what was predetermined As a baby he survived the elements on Mount Cithaeron Sophocles shows the reader the dominance of fate based by the fact that Oedipus lived In the play the dominance of the gods is shown in the second stasimon after Tiresias leaves when the chorus chants Zeus and Apollo know they know the great masters of all the dark and depth of human life p79 ln 571 reasserting the belief in the gods power At the very opening of the play a priest who converses with Oedipus says You cannot equal the gods your children know that bending
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