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Why should a man respect the Pythian hearth or Give heed to the birds that jangle above his head They prophesied that I should kill Polybos Kill my own father but he is dead and buried And I am here-I never touched him never Unless he died of grief for my departure And thus in a sense through me No Polybos Has packed the oracles off with him underground They are empty words -Oedipus Oedipus Rex These are words spoken by Oedipus about the falseness of Oracles before he learns the horror of his own deeds Oedipus Rex is about a man who tries to escape his own fate The gods are no less victims of fate than mortals The Fates could not be controlled by Zeus or any other god They were some of the few beings over which the gods held no power Apollo helped Oedipus to learn his fate If Oedipus had not known Thebes still would have been beset by plague and Oedipus would have continued to live in sin It was better that Oedipus know his fate than to continue sleeping with his mother This seems to me like the gods did not have much control over what happened to Oedipus The gods arent particularly moved by Oedipuss fate but then many of them slept with their mothers Many know that Oedipus was left to die when he was little because a prophet had foretold that he would murder his father and marry his mother Fewer know that in some versions Laius fell in love with and abducted Chrysippus the son of Pelops Pelops was outraged and cursed Laius dooming him and his family line This myth gives an explanation for the horrible fate of Oedipus and puts even less blame with the gods If Oedipus was fated to kill his father and marry his mother then according to the Greeks he was going to do so Nothing anyone
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