Thursday, September 12, 2013
Oedipus Rex: Fate vs. Free Will
I find the message of Oedipus Rex to be a very clear one: we as humans have no control over our ultimate fate. I think even if Oedipus hadn't learned of his destiny from the Oracle and Tiresias, he still would have ended up in the same situation. His attempts to avoid fate do seem to put him in the very situation he was trying to avoid, but in some ways, one could argue that the Gods new he would go down that path. So I guess the question is, did Apollo predetermine Oedipus' fate, or did he see the future/ the choices Oedipus would make and just layout to Creon the inevitable. Then we must take into consideration Tiresias' knowledge of Oedipus' fate. Tiresias, from what I understand, is not a God. So, how did he know Oedipus' destiny? I think it's safe to say that he didn't predestine Oedipus to his misfortune. Therefore, he either interpreted Oedipus' destiny from the Gods or had transcendent powers and could Oedipus' future.