Theme Of Fate In Antigone

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The ancient Greek people believed in many deities and believed that these gods could see into the future. They believed that only specific people called “seers,” had access to this information. Oracles could also interpret these messages from the gods. Oracles were a common part of Greek life, being consulted by kings and commonfolk for their knowledge (LitCharts). Knowing their fate can sometimes blind people and cause them to try to avoid the fate. In the cause of Oedipus, Antigone’s father, his father learned that Oedipus was to kill him and marry his wife, Oedipus’ own mother, so he tried to avoid that fate by banishing Oedipus. He unknowingly put into play the events that led up to Oedipus killing him and marrying his wife. When Oedipus…show more content…
The tension between fate and individual action is a central theme in Sophocles’ Antigone. While the free choices in Antigone are significant, much of the tragedy is controlled by fate which is lead to by the free choices. By including the use of prophecy and fate, Sophocles suggests that the characters cannot be blamed for how their lives turn out. In the case of Oedipus, it is difficult to blame him from marrying his mother due to his being exiled as a child (Antigone). Sophocles suggests that that is simply how their lives were meant to play out no matter how much they tried to avoid…show more content…
The free will of Oedipus’ father, King Laius, to banish his son from his kingdom led to Oedipus killing him and marrying his own mother, allowing fate to play out. In Antigone, the deaths of many characters were due to their own choices. Haemon, son of Creon, makes the conscious decision to commit suicide in order to be with his loved one. Eurydice, wife of Creon, makes the decision to commit suicide when she hears her son has killed himself. Creon unknowingly put these events into play when he made the individual decision to outlaw the burial of Polynices.
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