Free Will and Yet, Still Tragic
Antigone, Oedipus and Achilles, while heroes in literature are a bunch of whiny “kids” that belong in 21st century high school. While literature considers them to be tragic heroes, they are tragic of their “sound” minds and their own free will. Oedipus, Antigone and Achilles are tragic heroes, however, contrary to popular belief; Fate does not play a role.
Many people consider Antigone, Oedipus and Achilles tragic heroes controlled by Fate. “Even kings can be brought low by the actions of the Gods, no matter how great they are. Oedipus’s life was basically a lesson in humility (Fargo).” This evidence proves that Oedipus’s fate was to be brought down by the Gods. Fargo is saying that it wasn’t his fault. “I know it too, and it perplexes me. / To yield is grievous, but the obstinate soul/ That fights with Fate, is smitten grievously (Sophocles).” Sophocles lived in the time of the ancient Greeks and knew that the Greeks thought that Fate controlled everything that they did and said in their lifetimes. These few lines said by Creon in Antigone show that the idea was very important to them. These heroes are tragic, however, not of their own accord because Fate does control them.
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