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Ancient Greeks believed their gods ruled over every aspect of their lives: but there were rules such as the inevitability of fate to which even the gods were subject. This is showcased in Oedipus where he can’t outrun his fate no matter what he does. Although it may seem like Oedipus is making his own choices, his actions are based on the prophecies. Oedipus’s fate was already determined, he is just a mere puppet of the gods. First,  Oedipus leaves the town because prophecy tells him that he will murder his father. He left thinking Polybus was his father. But ends up fulfilling  the prophecy by unknowingly killing his real father. Evidently, everything that happened to Oedipus was already planned by a higher power. Oedipus’ act was  not a result of his own actions but rather as a result of a prophetic destiny that he couldn’t escape.Expanding on, in “Articles and Musing on the Concept of Fate for the Ancient Greeks.”  the author states, “We see countless characters who go to great lengths in attempts to alter fate, even if they know such an aim to be futile. The inability of any mortal or immortal to change prescribed outcomes stems from the three Fates: sisters Clotho, who spins the thread of life; Lachesis, who assigns each person’s destiny; and Atropos, who carries the scissors to snip the thread of life at its end.” This is also true for Oedipus because, he goes to great lengths to keep himself from being destroyed. Only to bring himself closer to the fate set by the gods. “Gods can be evil sometimes.” It is expected that all gods should be quintessential and infallible, and should represent justice and equity, but with Oedipus, the gods decided to destroy him and his family for a debatable reason. The gods, Apollo in particular, can be considered evil for their actions taken against Oedipus.  They ravaged an innocent man’s life and destroyed him by steering his fate. Not only that but they also tortured Oedipus by permitting mortals the power of divination. Also they persistently exposed Oedipus to his fate through the oracle of Apollo. When Apollo’s oracle told Oedipus about the two prophecies, Oedipus tried to stay away from them by fleeing the city, nonetheless encountering his fate in Thebes. This shows Apollo’s hand in the downfall of Oedipus. To pour salt in open wounds, the gods make Oedipus eternally feel that he is at fault. Furthermore, Oedipus becomes ashamed of himself and unsatisfied with his situation, even though it is not his fault. What’s interesting is that the gods were blatantly planning Oedipus’ fate even before he was born. This is clear because, one major aspect that caused the destruction of Oedipus and his family is Apollo’s oracle at Delphi. They used the oracle to announce the two prophecies while Jocasta was pregnant. Above that, the gods didn’t disclose Oedipus’ blindness in their prophecies; but instead, they only reveal Oedipus’ contemptible crimes that involved his mother and father. The purpose of this was to get both parents to see eye to eye on killing their child. This worked out since Laius didn’t want to be murdered by his son, and Jocasta didn’t want to marry her son. This trepidation of destiny led the parents to abandon Oedipus. Moreover, if Laius and Jocasta hadn’t known about the prophecies, they would’ve kept Oedipus, and thus he would know his parents. This would mean that the prophecies wouldn’t have come true. In Conclusion, Sophocles vocalizes, “If there is any evil worse than the worst that a man can suffer—Oedipus has drawn it for his lot.” Oedipus is just a poor man facing the gods’ wrath. Even though it is not clear as to why they have a deep hatred for Oedipus. Oedipus is not responsible for his downfall, but the gods pulling the strings are.