|Oedipus Rex 2
Fate is an issue that is mentioned in almost every religion. The
majority of people living since the beginning of time up until the present,
have had a some sort of opinion on the subject. Oedipus Rex is a story that
is held together by the fact that fate is more powerful than anyone’s free
will. On this strong basis of fate, free will doesn’t even exist. This is a
belief that can be accepted or denied, but in Oedipus’s story, fate is proved
In the very beginning of the story, before we hear from the oracle,
there is already foreshadowing of Oedipus’ impending doom. He himself
states to the people, "Sick as you are, not one is as sick as I" (Sophocles 5).
This statement is almost eerie when looking back upon it. Alone, it seems as
if he knows that he is ill-fated, but reading on he clarifies his pain in this
way; "Each of you suffers in himself alone/His anguish, not another’s; but my ...