Oedipus Rex Fate or Free Will

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Fate or Free Will
In the myth of Oedipus Rex, the main character, Oedipus, is destined to kill his father and have intercourse with his mother. At the end of the story Oedipus finds out that he has does these deeds with a mix of fate and free will. something with decisive or far-reaching consequences that inevitably happens to somebody or something

Fate is used in the myth so that Oedipus will live, find his home land and kill his father. The first act of fate is done when the shepherd finds Oedipus as a baby in the wild bounded together by his feet with rope. Fate is used here by how Oedipus, as a baby, is almost dead and is saved by the shepherd. This is also slightly ironic, because shepherds are known for protecting life, but because of saving Oedipus he is going make his king die and homeland fall into blight. The second act of Fate is found when Oedipus leaves his non-biological mother and father’s home because he hears the prophecy that he will kill his father and have intercourse with his mother, and in the end, he leaves and accidently goes back to his homeland. This might be considered free will because of him leaving to keep his parents alive, but I considerate it fate because he did not know that the people he was trying to protect were not his biological parents. Another reason I believe his is fate is because of fact that he, out of all other places he could have gone, goes to his homeland. The Third act of fate is how he is able to meet his father on the road. The odds of meeting his father on that place and time is very low, for him to meet his father could have only been an act of fate. I believe that everything coming up to where Oedipus meeting his father is an act of fate having him being able to live, going to his homeland, and meeting his father on the road, but after that I believe free will played a greater role.

Free will is used twice in the myth, when Oedipus kills his father and when he marries and then has...
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