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Everything Happens For A Reason.

Ever hear the phrase “everything happens for a reason”? Ever have your grandma tell you the wonderful story about how she and grandpa met? Ever think something was “meant to be”? If you answered yes to at least one of the questions then you indeed have experienced a little piece of fate. Connecting certain scenarios & consequences together have boggled the minds of scientists and people to believe that all the small things that happen in someone’s life are a part of a larger plan moved by an unexplained, supernatural force. For example: Luke didn’t tie his shoes therefore he tripped & scraped his knee which made him go back home for a band-aid and he missed his bus. This might just sound like mere coincidence but many people think it’s a natural force. Some identify this force as ‘Fate’ or in religious terms, ‘God’s will’.
In the play Oedipus the King, Sophocles gives a very powerful message about fate. He believes that no matter how hard one tries to escape their fate or destiny, it is just impossible. Oedipus’ fate is made when he receives a prophecy that claims he will kill his father and sleep with his mother. This fate takes course when Oedipus is already out of the way of it which proves Sophocles’ theory of being unable to escape fate. The myth which inspired Sigmund Freud, The story of Oedipus, suggests that neither the parents nor the growing child can avoid their fate (Jacobs). It is pretty vague to state that absolutely no one can escape their fate because everyone is fated to die. The fate of death supports the fact that there is something planned for the individual human being. Something no one has control over.

Oedipus The King, by historical play writer, Sophocles, is a story that preaches the inevitable force of fate and the uncontrollable consequences it has when it is tried to be…...

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