Examples Of Free Will In Oedipus The King

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In the play Oedipus the King, Oedipus has a disbelief in the gods which contributes to his downfall. For example, the chorus says to the audience,“But if someone goes disdainful in hands or speech/ not fearing Justice/nor revering the seats of the holy gods / let a bad fate take him,” (912-916). This quote shows the fated punishments that come from the decisions made out of free will. They refers to any misfortune that happens to Oedipus as being fated from the gods due to Oedipus's errors. Another example is when Oedipus says to Jocasta, “Short work, by god-with one blow of the staff," (189). This quote shows that the gods play a part in the events that take place. Oedipus' prophecy was to kill his own father; he did. Because the gods gave…show more content…
For example, Oedipus curses himself when he says, “Now my curse on the murderer/ Whoever he is a lone man unknown in his crime or one among many / let that man drag out his life in agony, step by painful step,” (280-283). This quote shows free will because Oedipus tells Creon that whoever is the killer of Laius, he is going to send him to exile. Instead, he could have said he would kill the killer of Laius or send him to prison. This example shows that although Oedipus has a destiny, he has the power to change its direction. Another example that show's Oedipus's desire to know the truth is when Jocasta and Oedipus say, “Stop in the name of god, if you love your own life, call off this search! My suffering is enough. Listen to me…Listen to you? No more. I must know it all, / I must see the truth at last,” (1163-1165, 1168-1169). This quote shows that if Oedipus would have done what Jocasta said and listened to her, he wouldn’t have known the truth. Because he wanted to know so badly is just an example of why his fate will happen but his free will just determines how your fate comes about. This quote also prove free will by Oedipus because Jocasta doesn’t want him to know about his past but he insists and doesn't listen to her. If had chosen to listen to her, he would have never found out the truth. Another example showing Oedipus's free will is when Tiresias says, “How terrible-to see
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