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Oedipus the King

Does Oedipus seem to have free will in the play or is his fate predetermined?

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In the first place, as what I deem as the play's true protagonist, Oedipus definitely exerts his own free will repeatedly throughout the play against the antagonist, predetermined fate. Oedipus fully exercises his free will through his numerous choices, both good and bad, such as his decision to pursue the knowledge of his own identity. In fact, Oedipus's free will permeates from the initial parts of the play, when he decides to follow the decree by Creon and Apollo to locate the true murderer as Oedipus declares his ...

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Oedipus the King is explicated in terms of the protagonist's free will or victim of fate. Textual evidence is also presented.