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In King Oedipus there comes a point in the play where Oedipus learns something that plays an important role throughout the play He learns from a oracle that he will eventually kill his own Father and sleep with his own mother As one could imagine this is a shock to Oedipus and he does not believe the oracle However he cannot control any of this from happening because it is his fate He is a victim of circumstances beyond his control Oedipus has no control on the outcome of what happens in his life because his life had already been planned by the Greek Gods Throughout the whole play there are references made to many of the ancient Greek Gods for example Apollo Zeus Dionysis and Artemis are discussed quite often In ancient Greece the people believed that if anything happened one of the gods had a reason for it Each god was related to one specific thing like Poseidon being the god of the sea They thought that if there was a tidal wave or a hurricane it was because Poseidon was angry at them This is the basis for my assumption that Oedipus had no control over his fate First of all when Oedipus is just a baby his father King Laius of Thebes is told in an oracle that his own son will kill him So with the agreement of his wife Jocasta the babys feet are pinioned and its given to a slave who is supposed to leave it to die on Mt Cithaeron However the slave feels sorry for the baby and gives it to a fellow shepherd from Corinth The shepherd from Corinth presented the baby to the childless King of Corinth who is Polybus and he brings him up as his own He gives him the name Oedipus which means swollen foot because of his deformity This shows
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