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The events in Oedipus the King written by Sophocles show an underlying relationship of mans free will existing within the cosmic order or fate which the Greeks believed guided the universe in a harmonious purpose Man was free to choose and was ultimately held responsible for his own actions Both the concept of fate and free will played an itregal part in Oedipus destruction Although he was a victim of fate he was not controlled by it Oedipus was destined from birth to someday marry his mother and to murder his father This prophecy as warned by the oracle of Apollo at Delphi was unconditional and inevitably would come to pass no matter what he may have done to avoid it His past actions were determined by fate but what he did in Thebes he did so of his own willFrom the beginning of this tragedy Oedipus took many actions leading to his own downfall Oedipus could have waited for the plague to end but out of compassion for his suffering people he had Creon go to Delphi When he learned of Apollos word he could have calmly investigated the murder of the former King Laius but in his hastiness he passionately curses the murderer and in so unknowingly curses himself Upon the murderer I invoke this curse- whether he is one man and all unknown or one of many- may he wear out his life in misery or doom If with my knowledge he lives at my hearth I pray that I myself may feel my curse pg 438 lines 266-271In order for Sophecles Greek audience to relate to the tragic figure he had to have some type of flaws or an error of ways This brought the character down to a human level invoking in them the fear that it could happen to them And Oedipus certainly is not one without flaws His pride ingnorance insolence and disbelief in the gods and unrelenting
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