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Oedipus was predestined to kill his father and marry his mother The gods had foreknowledge of this and it was prophesied before his birth This was his fate and there was no way of escaping it As the story progresses Oedipus tries to find out the truth about Laius murder and his birth despite the warnings of Tiresias and Jocasta only to discover that the prophecy told to him by the oracle at Delphi was true He only wanted to flee his fate but it continually caught up with him When he was the prince of Corinth and discovered his fate he ran away only to head towards the crimes that he would eventually commit He would not accept his destiny and the fact that humans are relatively powerless against the gods As Jocasta says Its all chance chance rules our lives Not a man on earth can see a day ahead groping through the dark Better to live at random best we can Sophocles 1069-1072 It is better to not try and learn your fate and try to change it but to live without knowing Oedipus would not have suffered the misery that he had had he never gone to the oracle at Delphi and learned of his fate and could have lived in blissful ignorance of this However in his attempt to escape his fate Oedipus could have made better decisions Hamartia a tragic flaw contributed greatly to Oedipus downfall Hubris or excessive pride was among many flaws that Oedipus had He felt that he could overcome the fate given to him by the gods By constantly trying to get around his prophecy he came closer to fulfilling it Although he seemed to be a puppet of the gods he ironically seems to bring the catastrophe of his life upon himself willingly because he never stopped to think about the consequences of his actions Oedipus errors in judgment and action
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