Oedipus the king, all about how the events of Oedipus the King prove that God's will overcomes men.

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Oedipus The King

Oedipus, the king of Thebes, is the main character of Oedipus The King. Creon is the brother of Jocasta and next in line to be king. Tiresias is a blind prophet summoned by Oedipus and can also see the future. And additionally there is the shepherd, the sole witness to the murder of king Laius, and the predecessor to Oedipus. Other less important characters are the messengers, bringing news to people and carrying Oedipus away as a baby, and also the daughters of Oedipus, Antigone and Ishene. Oedipus, trying to escape his fate, sets off a chain of events that lead back to what he is trying to avoid. He runs away from home to avoid prophecies told to him but then sets them into motion. Was it Apollo the foundation or was Oedipus? Did Oedipus have a choice to where his future would lead or was it supernaturally led? The complexities of ancient Greece and the Greeks view of life are slightly mystifying, but lead to the fact that it is the gods who control the fate of man.

The events of Oedipus the King prove that God's will overcomes men.

"...YOU are the murderer, YOU are the unholy defilement of this land"(Tiresias, 23) explains Tiresias after Oedipus extorts it from Tiresias, not aware or caring about the consequences. Oedipus, by his own fault, pulls teeth for more information about what he doesn't want to know, the fact that he has killed his father and slept with his mother. If Oedipus would simply maintain his duties as king and help the people, he would not end up brining the curse upon himself. To further continue this irony of fate, Oedipus discloses "...that man, whoever he may be, I banish...