Oedipus Rex or Oedipus the King

Do you think Oedipus was a victim of the gods; does he contribute to his own terrible fate, or some combination of both? Support your position with specific examples


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I believe that Oedipus was a victim of the gods, and that his fate was sealed from birth.

"Let the storm burst, my fixed resolve still holds,

To learn my lineage, be it ne'er so low.

It may be she with all a woman's pride

Thinks scorn of my base parentage. But I

Who rank myself as Fortune's favorite child,

The giver of good gifts, shall not be shamed.

She is my mother and the changing moons

My brethren, and with them I wax and wane.

Thus sprung why should I fear to trace my birth?

Nothing can make me other than I am."


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