Gods Are in Power Oedipus Rex

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Surely this is not well, when all our thoughts should be, how to discharge the gods command.’ In the ply Oedipus Rex, it is impossible to turn away from the power of the gods. They are in control of life, destiny and fate. Queen Jocasta discovers that there is no way to thwart a prophecy, no matter how horrible it is. Young Oedipus tried to run away from fate but actually ran right into it and as King Oedipus; he believed that the god’s power could be questioned. But as much as they tried, the control of the gods was unavoidable.

Jocasta and Laius believed they had escaped the date imposed on their baby by the gods. Being told that their son would grow up to kill his father and marry his mother, they immediately knew that they didn’t want to live that life. So after believing that their new baby had died, chained to a mountain side, they assumed that they had over powered the gods and that the gods didn’t have control over everyone. “There, then, Apollo did not contrive it”. However the baby hadn’t died and many years later came back to Thebes as a man, having killed his father (king) on the way. He killer then married his mother, Jocasta and by the time the truth came out Jocasta knew that no man could fight with the god’s power. “I know I am right. I am warning you for your good” Although Laius died before he discovered the truth of the gods power, he and Jocasta are an example of how no matter what you do the gods have the reins of life. Jocasta demonstrates this attitude when she says “chance rules our lives” this showing us that she didn’t believe in the gods power.

Oedipus believed that by running away, the control of the gods would not follow. He had discovered his prophecy of how he was to kill his father and marry his mother. And not wanting to live with those who he could hurt, he ran as far away as he could leaving his fake parents behind, but at the time he thought that they were his real parents. However the gods had other plans, sending...
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