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In Greek mythology one of the major themes is the importance of fate and free will The story of Oedipus Rex is a perfect example that shows this theme The major theme explored in Oedipus Rex is that fate and free will are intertwined with the main character Oedipus Oedipus is not only fated to perform such detestable acts but his infamous behavior which leads him to commit these terrible acts determines his fate The crimes that he commits against his father and mother are abhorrent but not as hateful as that of ignoring the very signs which could have prevented the horrible tragedy By not paying attention to the prophecy or following up on the rumors about his heritage Oedipus set into motion the fate that is ordained him His assumptions and arrogance about who he truly is leads to his downfall In the story of Oedipus Rex Sophocles demonstrates that it is Oedipus who chooses his path the one of ignorance rather than clarity and in doing so he must take responsibility for his actions which lead to his tragic downfall One of the ingredients of Oedipus personality that leads to his horrific fall is the characteristic of arrogance During his conversation with Tieresias Oedipus says Say what you will Whatever you say is worthless Page 20 This quote shows that Oedipus believes that he is special and is better than anyone else Throughout the conversation Oedipus treats Tieresias with such disrespect and acts as if the man is inflicted with some sort of horrible disease He acts as though he is on a different level then him Oedipus believes that Tieresias has no feelings and is ignorant to the city However it is clear that Tieresias told Oedipus the truth of the murder as if he were trying to help him open his eyes from Oedipus blindness but like most of the time Oedipus arrogance spoke instead of his mind Throughout the
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