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Fate Vs Freewill
Transcript of Fate Vs Freewill
“Jokasta, so much for birds omens. / I was to kill my father. They said so. /And now he’s dead, buried,/ And I was here all the time,/ my sword undrawn – unless/ my absence killed him, makes me a murderer./ All those oracles, they’re dead,/ bundled them up/ and taken them to hades. Worthless.”
- Oedipus, Page 35
Explaining the Quote
In this quote Oedipus is trying to explain to Jokasta that the prophet was wrong so therefore it wasn’t fate but it was Freewill. On the other hand little did Oedipus know that the king of Corinth was not his biological father, and that the man he killed at the crossroads was his real father. Therefore he already fulfilled part of the prophecy, fate was catching up to him.
Fate and Freewill both played a large role in King Oedipus’ demise. Fate led Oedipus down the path he was destined to go down. However he made the different turns with the decisions he made using Freewill. Both had a large impact on King Oedipus and both played a large part in the play.
. “A prophet!/ Husband, listen to Me./ No human being on Earth/ Need fear what prophets say. / I’ll prove it. /A prophet came to Laios-/ Not God, a prophet only-/ and told him that one day his son,/ His son and mine, would kill him./ But Laios was killed,/ the whole world knows,/ By strangers, at a crossroads,/ Where three roads meet./ His son was exposed to die, at three days old:/ We pegged his ankles and left him to die/ Where no one ever went./ the prophecy was wrong ./ the son never killed the father,/ The father was not killed/ by his own son’s hand./ Ignore what prophets say! /What God wants us to know,/ In his own good time, he’ll tell us.”
- -Jokasta Page 26
Explaining Quote #2
In the last quote Jokasta is talking about how the prophecy could not possibly be true and that Oedipus should not worry about such a thing, she is bringing him to the realization that fate will happen regardless of what others say or do.
In conclusion many will argue that it was fate as well many will disagree and said it was freewill that led to Oedipus' demise, but in all actuality it could be both. It could be freewill because he made the decision to kill a man at the crossroads that just happened to be Laios. However it could also be fate because the prophet told Jokasta and Laios about what would happen before it did. Both sides have great arguments for each.
Photographs from Oedipus