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Fate Is Omniscient When you are born your fate has already been predetermined from what color your hair will be what type of car you will drive who you will marry and ultimately how you will die No matter what you do to alter your fate it wont work You are only a chess piece on a chessboard known to you as the world Oedipus fate was to murder his farther and wed his mother Ironically in his attempt to escape his cursed fate he actually runs right into it When Oedipus was born the oracle prophesized that he would kill his father and wed his mother so in order to save themselves his parents had him killed or so they thought He was chained to a mountainside by his ankles and left to die an agonizing death but a wandering Shepard found him and saved him He was brought to King of Corinth who since he could not father any children of his own raised him as if he were his Oedipus knew nothing of his wretched fate until one day a drunken man in a pub told him the prophecy In fear and love for his parents he ran from them and vowed never to return On the road Oedipus met a man traveling in a carriage and when told to step aside so they could pass Oedipus struck out in anger and killed the King of Thebes who we know to be his biological father and all of his men except one Oedipus main character flaw throughout the play is that he is quick to anger He then continued on to Thebes where the sphinx was laying waste to the city and killing any man who could not answer its riddle No one could solve the sphinxs accursed riddle not even the wise man of the town Teiresias Oedipus came to the city and solved the sphinxs
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