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Humans have slowly evolved from of belief that their existence was dictated by the gods to a belief that they themselves can make free choices This transition is seen by Sophocles and such he writes Oedipus the King as a way of showing such a transition though not so much as The Orestia Sophocles 136 Oedipus the King brings into light the clash of both ideas fate versus choice After Oedipus find outs that he is the bane of Thebes as the killer of his father King Laius and the husband of his mother Queen Jocasta he stabs his own eyes because he could not bear to face the people of Thebes as well as his childrensiblings He cries out to the Chorus at this time and states that though Apollo and the Oracle had prophesized such an act of vileness and evilness he had the choice to avoid it all just as he had the choice of blinding himself In the beginning of all this right when Oedipus was born the Oracle the voice of Apollo had prophesized to King Laius and Queen Jocasta that their son would kill the king and marry the queen Likewise after Oedipus had been adopted by the king and queen of Corinth he went to the Oracle at Delphi and was told the same prophecy only from his view To save his parents Oedipus left Corinth which started putting everything into motion that would lead to his downfall One must then ask the question could the prophecy have been avoided if Oedipus had really believed that he had the choice Herein lays the downfall of Oedipus Oedipus being the typical man was curious and wanted to know the truth He wanted to know everything he could because he believed that he would be justified at the end Look at his actions when he finds out that he may not be the blood son of King Polybus and
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