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Eng Comp IIStar-Crossed IgnorantsNo matter what anyone tries no matter what anyone does no matter what anyone believes they have accomplished they have not controlled fate Fate is uncontrollable Much like betting on a sure thing and knowing in the back of your mind that there are infinite factors in the outcome--anything could happen Its unfortunate that the people of Ancient Greece sanctioned the concept of fate In the Era of Enlightenment the idea of God-controlled fate was finally challenged with the notion of self-fulfilled destiny until then men turned to prophets and oracles In the play Oedipus by Sophocles there was a ongoing synergy between fate and knowledge that was constantly rejected Oedipus the main character struggled to dominate his own destiny but ironically fell back into his bizarre misfortune that was in the end inevitableMisfortune false realities deception all a result of Oedipus knowing too much and at the same time too little of his true lot in life Knowledge was what nurtured him into false pretenses Knowledge was a false pretense By knowing that his parents were out of harms way namely his he knew that his prophecy would not come true He knew that as long as his father was still alive and he was married to a woman not even related to his mother he would not bear the offspring that men would shudder to look upon It was the epitome of irony for Oedipus to know his fate and try to avoid it with the knowledge that he had obtained My father was Polybus of Corinth my mother the Dorian Merope and I was held the foremost man in all that town until a thing happened--a thing to startle a man though not to make him angry as it made me We were sitting at the table and a man who had drunk too much cried out that I was not my fathers son--and I though angry restrained my
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