whether or not the King and Queen of Corinth are really Oedipus's parents. A substantialargument can be made that Oedipus's haste and lack of proper judgment in not properlyanswering the question for which he sought the oracle is the true cause of his downfall,and has little or nothing to do with fate decreed by the gods. The idea that Oedipus's freewill had a crucial part to play in the events of his life is perhaps also implied by thesetting of his first fulfillment of prophecy: the place were he killed Laïos was a placewhere several roads met, symbolizing the several options he had in response to therudeness of the king's men, including the option of not killing the king.One of the play's major unanswered questions is just how much fate has to dowith the will of the gods. At one point in the play Iocastê says:
"It is God himself Who can show us what he wills, in his own way."
(Scene II, Lines 199-200)But later in the play she says:
"Why should anyone in this world be afraid Since Fate rules us and nothing can be foreseen?"
(Scene III, Lines 64-65)In the first quotations Iocastê clearly attributes the cause of events, or at least someevents, to the will of the divine, and specifically Apollo, and says that God reveals whathis will is in certain unspecified ways. In the second quotation Iocastê says that Fate(which is not elaborated upon, and may mean determinism, the divine, or the Greek goddesses the Moirae
events, and it is impossible to foresee what those
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