The concept of fate is a course of inevitable, predetermined events with a set outcome. Fate is inescapable and is usually thought to be determined by a higher power such as a divine entity. There is also the concept of interfering with fate and choose another path, however this concept is paradoxical, as the final outcome may ironically be the “real” predetermined result. Fate also gets used interchangeably with destiny. The two concepts are very similar and the final verdict of inevitability is present for both. “Choosing” ones destiny is a false concept for the same reason as intervening fate. Fate has been used as a theme in many literatures and beliefs including the Greek tragedy Oedipus Rex, Theseus and the Minotaur, and the early American concept of Manifest Destiny.
A main idea that is present from the beginning to the end of Sophocles’ tragedy Oedipus Rex is the fact that a lack of respect for fate can eventually bring on ones own downfall, by driving them to delusion. Although fate is a strict and complex concept, there may also be flexibility in which a new fate emerges after a fate is fulfilled. Fate again, is determined by a higher divine power. After fulfilling the prophecy, Oedipus’ life could still be a normal and non-tragic, however it is Oedipus’ hubris that upset the gods and in turn creates a new fate of the tragic downfall of Oedipus. Oedipus’ hubris is shown through his disbelief in Teiresias. Only when Teiresias makes a mention of Oedipus’ parents does Oedipus show his attention and asks “My parents again! – Wait: who were my parents?” (Page 323 line 424) Teiresias then explains further in the end “To the children with whom he lives now he will be brother and father – the very same; to her who bore him, son and husband – the very same who came to his father’s bed, wet with his father’s blood.” (Page 324 lines 442–446) Oedipus’s fate has been stated clearly to him however he continues to be oblivious which in turn sets himself up for the...
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