Essay by mgoebelbeckerHigh School, 10th gradeB+, October 2014

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Fate is in control of our lives. It is our destiny, yet how we deal with our fate defines us as a person. Whether we decide to deny or embrace our fate, it is up to us.

According to Sophocles, fate is inevitable and unavoidable.

In the introduction the king and queen attempt to avoid their fate by sending their baby away. However, in truth, no decisions or actions change their or their child's fate in the end. Later in the story Oedipus is told his fate, and is immediately overcome with the fear of what he might do to who he thinks his parents are. He makes a vast decision to leave his home, and tries to cheat the gods to avoid his unbearable fate. This also is an important decision in this story that not only does not change his fate, but helps render his destiny. Once he has left home and swears to never look back and to start a new life, Oedipus sees it as though he is in the clear.

This journey from Corinth to Thebes is where his decisions will determine whether or not he will fulfill his own prophecy.

Oedipus goes on a journey to find himself and to figure out his true identity. Speaking about Oedipus' characteristics is when the audience relates the most to his character. Everyone searches for their own identity at one point or another and watching Oedipus look for who his true self can be consolation to those trying to find themselves. Once he finds where he belongs he settles in and begins to live his new and improved life with Jocasta.

The dictionary defines fate as the development of events outside a person's control, regarded as determined by a supernatural power, and free will as the...