means to tragic ends (oedipus triology)

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Does man really have free will, or does free will lie within a system of limitations that gradually compose a web of circumstantial fate that ultimately cannot be torn apart? The events in both Oedipus The King and Antigone controversially suggests that man ultimately chooses his own deeds and endures fate and the responsibilities for them. These events brought by fate are unmistakably aggravated by certain characteristics within the characters. Oedipus, from Oedipus The King, …

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…Creon’s guilt, perhaps the most chosen, is his inability to recognize that someone other than himself can be right. These characteristics are fated by man, not by fate itself, and created a web of circumstantial fate. The events brought on by these characters could have been avoided if the characteristics were not part of their identities. Thus, it is the characteristics within the character that determines their fate, not fate which determines their character.