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The Power of Fate in Oedipus the King 

The Greek tragedy Oedipus the King, by Sophocles, was written to show the  common people of Greece how powerful the gods are and that your fate is  pre-determined and nothing you do can change that. He does this by showing how  people in this story try to escape their fate and how it is no use because in  the end, what the oracles predict comes true. In the story there are many  occasions in which people try to escape their fate.  

The first time that one of the characters in the story tries to escape their  fate is when Jocasta and Laius have a child. After the oracles tell Jocasta and  Laius of their fate, Jocasta and Laius try to get rid of their new born baby by  sending him off to a shepherd who in turn will put the baby on a mountain to  die, however in the end their child (Oedipus) becomes a prince of another city  and ends up killing his father (Laius) in an altercation and marries his mother  (Jocasta).

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