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A Puppet without Strings The theory behind fate or predetermination has been embedded in todays society partially due to literature Sophocles Oedipus The King perpetuates this ideology that the title character pursues a path which happens to be foretold Oedipus was determined to save his city and discover his identity however he ultimately assists in his own downfall An Oracle reveals that Oedipus is destined to murder his father and marry his mother and Oedipus unable to face his unspeakable fate chooses to flee his home in order to escape from it Oedipus whom believed he was running from his destiny was actually led directly to it Oedipus unknowingly fulfills the prophecy by marrying Jocasta his biological mother and becomes King of Thebes after murdering a man who was his true father Laius Oedipus resolves to lift a deadly plague that had descended on the city only to learn that in order to do so he must find and punish the murderer of the former King Laius He invokes a curse on the sinner Ironically Oedipus remains ignorant of the fact that he himself was the transgressor he was jinxing himself When the blind prophet Teiresias is summoned to shed light on the subject he warns Oedipus not to be overly presumptuous and assures him that the future will come of itself and the past will surface when need be Initially his rash self-righteous internal character begins to surface and with his increased frustration Oedipus begins to adversely affect his relationships with others particularly antagonizing his friends and respected members of the city Oedipus detrimental behavior eventually leads to the realization of his true identity this horrifying truth brings dishonor to his family and destroys his image in the eyes of the people Oedipus finally emerges with his world in pieces and the mere thought of his abominable sins leaves him guilt-ridden he is eventually overcome Overall in terms of the downfall of the king
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