Free Will In Sophocles Oedipus The King

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Sophocles’ Oedipus the King tells the tragic tale of Oedipus, king of Thebes, and his battle with faith; however, fate is not the only factor to blame for Oedipus’ tragic tale. I believe that Oedipus deserves his punishments because he was the one to cause his suffering. Oedipus had free will and was able to make decisions, but he made poor decisions. Oedipus’ poor decisions is what caused the terrible consequences that he had to suffer through. One tragic event that happened to Oedipus was that he was foretold he would kill his father and lie with his mother. Oedipus says “I fled to somewhere where I should not see fulfilled the infamies told in that dreadful oracle” (795). Oedipus’ attempt to run from his fate to change it made his foretold future come true because he made poor decisions after learning of his fate Oedipus ends up killing a man and marrying Jocasta a women much older than him. Jocasta ends up being Oedipus’ mother and the man Oedipus kills end up being his father. If Oedipus had not decided to kill a random man he would of not ended up killing his father. Oedipus also chose to marry a women the same age as his mother.…show more content…
In order rid Thebes of the plague it has he has to find the murder of the old king. Oedipus declares “ to all the men of Thebe: who so among you knows the murderer by whose hand Laius, son of Labdacues, died-I command him to tell everything to me, - yes though he fears himself to take the blame on his own head; for bitter punishment he shall have none, but leave this land unharmed” (225). Oedipus learns later on that he is responsible for the death of the old king before him. Oedipus decides to exile himself from Thebes because he is the one who declared that the killer of the old king would be
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