(Hamlet) Argue whether fate or free will is more responsible for Oedipus's fall from the throne
Sophocles' play Oedipus the King raises an important issue on the main theme. Regarding the matter, the writer puts us into rationalizing whether Oedipus has any choice in the decision he makes or he is just a victim of fate. Which among the two was more responsible for the consequences? Oedipus ends up killing his father and marries his own mother despite avoiding to do these very things. It could be argued that these circumstances happen without his knowledge, that is, he is a victim of fate or he had the ability to choose his own path.
Sophocles himself seemingly believed Oedipus to be an innocent victim of an ironic tragedy, and built the play around this belief. The effect of fate can be pointed to the beliefs by ancient Greeks that their gods could see the future and the information could be accessed by certain people. Two prophecies in Oedipus Rex; King Laius of Thebes receives a prophecy that he would have a son by Queen Jocasta who would grow up to kill his own father (William 43). The other is the prophecy that Oedipus received that he would kill his father and marry his own mother. Laius, Jocasta, and Oedipus all work hard thru ought their lives to prevent the prophecies from coming to pass, but all their efforts to prevent the prophecies from coming to pass are what actually bring the prophecies to completion.
Although he was a victim of fate, he was not controlled by it. From his birth Oedipus was destined to marry his mother. This prophecy, as warned by the oracle of Apollo at Delphi was unconditional and inevitably would come to pass, no matter what he may have done to avoid it. His past actions were determined by fate.
Oedipus did not anticipate to kill the man he believed to be his father. In fact, when he suspects himself to be the murderer he prays to the pure and awful gods that he will not see that day. His words reveal the gods as pure and deserving of reverence and failure to give them praise would lead to destructive wrath from them. Reverend purity should be considered as a force that treats man univer