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Oedipus rex demonstrates that people ultimately have little control over their own lives Do you agree A common debate that still rages today is whether we as a species have free will or if some divine source some call it fate controls our destiny To have control over something is to rule and be able manage it The same debate applies to Oedipus the King Oedipus is in control of his actions but ultimately the gods predetermine his ill fate Some believe man is free to choose and is ultimately held responsible for his own actions Both the concept of fate and free will played an integral 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 of his own will The main themes are free will fate and the role is birth parents played in determining his fate Before the play even starts Oedipus makes the choice to leave his parents and move to Thebes He then chooses though ruled by anger to kill an old man blocking his path who later is discovered to be his real father King Laius Sure it was fate that made Oedipus kill his father but it was free will that made him kill Laius that day in that way Oedipus took many actions leading to his own downfall He 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
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