Oedipus’s pride can be seen when he learned from the oracle of delphi. That he will kill his father and marry his mother. He runs in a desperate attempt to defy fate and the gods, but nobody can just run from their fate. As the story progresses his fate becomes reality when he learns everything towards the end of the play.
Macbeth and Lady Macbeth in William Shakespeare’s Macbeth change their fate with their actions. In Emily Dickinson’s “Because I could not Stop for Death”, the narrator regrets her actions and wishes she could have changed her fate. On the other hand, Edith Wharton’s Ethan Frome, fate is said to be predetermined. By exercising free will, in trying to avoid their inevitable downfall, these three unconnected works of literature encompass the two types of fate, that which can change and that which is predetermined.
In Oedipus Rex, both themes of individual action and fate strongly play and overlap each other and ultimately help in determining the overall destruction and demise of the king, further analysis of the play shows that free will itself and the actions that Oedipus takes determines his own downfall due to flawed characteristic traits that if were happen to not exist would lead to a totally different end product and outcome. Oedipus possesses free will, and even though the Oracle predicted his fate, prophecy, and what he will do, his drive for knowledge and unveiling these prophecies merely helped it all become a reality. Throughout the play, it is evident that Oedipus is not only ignorant and temperamental, but he also goes through life with an impulsive nature and an indefatigable, remorseless, and persistent attitude to find out the truth. Oedipus’s flawed character aspects and traits
The Freedom of Oedipus is the Freedom of Thebes: Why Oedipus Cannot be Free Until the Truth is Exposed In Sophocles’ Oedipus Tyrannus, the theme of human fate versus free will is explored in the age-old tale of the king of Thebes who inadvertently murdered his father and married his mother. The play opens with Oedipus, a strong man and compassionate leader whom the audience can easily admire. By the closing of the play, a journey of self-discovery has lead Oedipus to his fall from kingship and exile from the city he loves, as well as the suicide of his wife and his self-blinding.
The very instance that the two belong to opposing groups is only one example of destiny's twisted humor. Now some would argue that it is wholly Friar John's fault for not delivering the plans to Romeo. This is viable, yet one could argue that it is ultimately fate's hand for casting a plague upon unsuspecting Friar John, hindering him from completing his crucial mission. Fate, or in this case Fortune, is brought to attention in the play when Juliet consults the stars to deliver Romeo back safely.
Sean Smith Mrs. Anthony Senior English 8 March 2018 The Danger of Ambition In Shakespeare’s “The Tragedy of Macbeth”, the author proposes a perpetual loop of struggle through his use of fate and imagery of the character’s deaths in order to express the consequences for one’s actions if they are foolish enough to make these decisions. “The Tragedy of Macbeth” is a uniquely portrayed concept of fate, internal struggle, and paradox; the story depicts a human with intentions to receive power.
“A man with too much ambition cannot sleep in peace” as stated by Maxx Mitchell. This statement describes that the people will have some trade off in order to pursue something they have, to give up on something. However, the goal is really the choice It could lead to different consequences either positive or negative. Shakespeare's play Macbeth is described as a tragic character and his action has been influenced by his wife. Shakespeare believes that ambition, when taken too far leads to our destruction as shown through Macbeth and Lady Macbeth.
The current feud between the Capulets and the Montagues is a part of the foundation for the plot of the play. Their feud makes it impossible for Romeo and Juliet to have a public and official marriage. Even with the knowledge of the consequences for having a relationship with a Capulet, Romeo perseveres and manages to
Romeo states, “With this night’s revels, and expire the term / Of a despised life closed in my breast… But He that hath the steerage of my course / Direct my sail!” (Shakespeare 1.4.116-117, 119-120). On his way to the party where he meets Juliet, he states that he fears something bad is going start that will lead to his death. He hopes that whoever is controlling his life will direct him in the right direction, away from danger.
The play within a play in Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” Act III, Scene II is a literary device used to give a twist to the plot, and create suspense. However, in a closer examination it is also an early example of a metaplay employed by Shakespeare in order to engage the audience with more complex notions, such as the idea of reality and deception. Hamlet is determined to avenge for the death of his father and fulfill the request of his father’s Ghost. But uncertainty and indecision prevent Hamlet from acting spontaneously.
Romeo 's Decisions In Romeo and Juliet Leads to Death Humans are able to make their own decisions and actions throughout their entire life. In the play Romeo and Juliet, Romeo 's irresponsible actions and decisions made him accountable for the heartbreaking end to the play. The protagonist of the play, Romeo, has dreams that give him messages. Romeo ignores the messages and makes his own decisions, which leads to his death. In addition, Romeo lets his emotions guide himself throughout the play, instead of thinking about the situations his emotions cause reckless actions to take place, which soon takes his life.
As the play unfolds, we see Oedipus’ virtues and weaknesses lead him to his own demise. Unfortunately, the audience can see Oedipus fate being sealed before he can see it himself. This has been provided through Sophocles use of foreshadowing. Oedipus ' sense of responsibility for his city-state drives his search for the truth, the truth that ultimately destroys him. One can say Oedipus is solely at hand for his downfall by the actions he pursues, however one can also note that if the secret of the god’s oracle was not kept hidden, his own end would have never reached fruition.
As Jawaharlal Nehru once said, “Life is like a game of cards. The hand you are dealt is determinism; the way you play is free will.” In Oedipus the King, Oedipus was predestined to his fate, where destiny manipulated itself to only seem like free will, rather than free will being the reason for all that had happened throughout the story. All Greek tragedies feature the idea of destiny controlling the path of one’s life, and although the hero makes a tragic mistake that ultimately brings them to their downfall, this decision was predetermined by fate. Oedipus’ future was no different, and despite the fact that most of the characters in the play made choices that eventually lead to the foretold destiny, all aspects of the prophecies were arranged
However, when the ambition in question becomes the individual’s sole focus, the outcomes can be negative, both for the individual, as well as for surrounding parties. The excessive ambition and desire of characters in William Shakespeare’s play, Julius Caesar, leads to their downfall. Characters such as Cassius Longinus, Marcus Brutus and Julius Caesar obsess over the end goal without care of how they get there and the consequences that follow. Cassius Longinus’ love for Rome is his sole focus, and when this focus becomes excessive, it impairs his judgment resulting in his downfall. When Caesar returns from the battle against Gaius Pompey, Cassius becomes aware of Caesar’s desire of becoming King.
Since the earliest of times, there has always been debate over the concepts of fate and free will. The most frequent dispute is whether or not man truly has free will, or if fate is the ultimate determinant of how one's life will turn out. One play that depicts this concept is Sophocles' Oedipus Rex. In this tragedy, Oedipus receives a prophecy that he would bed his mother and murder his father. After learning of this prophecy, Oedipus attempts to undo fate and utilize his free will to escape what would be his destiny.