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Freewill Verses Fate Oedipus is a play that delves into the themes of freewill and fate throughout its entirety This is the story of a man and his struggles against his own destiny and his fight for the future that he desires Oedipus wanted to deny his own predestination and make his own life The story all began by a prophecy upon Oedipus life that one day he would kill his father defile his mothers bed and wander the world for the rest of his life in blindness At an age he made the conscious decision to deny the prophecy and move from what he thought was his hometown to Thebes in order to flee from his predestined plan for life While some individuals chose to believe in predestination in order to maintain some level of peace a sense that whatever is meant to happen will happen Oedipus wanted a different outcome and through his choices did what he could At the beginning of the play the priest explains Thebes is suffering from a plague Plants animals and people are all dying The people there know that Oedipus is not a god but they believe that some god inspired him to solve the riddle of the sphinx and save the town Since Oedipus has been king he has done a splendid job so now people look to him in order to find a cure for the plague Oedipus explains that he has sent Creon Jocastas brother to an oracle in order to get an answer Hes late returning but as soon as he gets back Oedipus promises to do whatever the oracle says All that is known at that point is that Laius left for Delphi and never returned There was no immediate investigation because of the sphinx problem One of Laiuss men escaped and walked back to Thebes By the time he got back Oedipus was being hailed as king The
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