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Fortune is will of God which cannot be change or replaced. Life is so rough sometime so much thrilled and sometime so much pathetic. Even so, man can rub or reshape some of the misfortunes of life into fortunes, but, at some extent. Therefore, in fact, all the occurrences of life have been controlled by God who devises the fortunes of all humans.
The Oedipus Rex is also about the fortune that is unchanged even after an extreme will/act of human. That play is so popular which reflects the ancient Greek society and also shows the will of God and how God completes his predefined fortune to everybody. On the one hand, the catholicity of God and its predefined fortune for everyone and on the other hand the feeble actions of human are greatly exposed in the Oedipus Rex.
Oedipus Rex Theme:
God's will is the final fate for a human being. The story of Oedipus Rex is about King Laius his queen Jocasta and their son. King Laius was come to know from an oracle that his fortune tells his son will be his murderer. "The oracle told him that it was his fate that he should die a victim at the hands of his own son, a son to be born of Laius and me". The king is so upset after knowing about his murder by his own son. His worries suggest him to kill the bon of contention, his own son. The pitiable fate of a king starts from his own will and ends at the predefined and final fortune from God.
The king with his wife Jacasta binds infant Oedipus their son and order Jacasta to kill him. Jacasta with the heart of a mother can never do the cold-blooded act, therefore, she decide to hand it over to a servant who also does not do the inhuman act by himself and decided to leave the baby on the top of a mountain to die with exposure.
However, the God is great and his plans are final. A shepherd found the Oedipus, rescues him and decides to raise the baby by himself. But, his economic conditions does not allow him to raise an infant, therefore, he then decided to give the baby to another shepherd having greater means to live. The second shepherd also carries forward the Oedipus to a childless King Polybus of Corinth. They raised Oedipus as their own child, but, as a prominent figure of the locality. Someone inform him that he is not real child of his parents Polybus and Merope but they adopted him.
After the inquiry and satisfaction that he is real son of Polybus and Merope. On the way he encountered with his real father Laius. They do not know each other and quarreled about whose chariot has right-of-way. King Laius starts the striking and his real son Oedipus ends it on the murder of his own father and it fulfils the oracle's prophecy. At the end, Oedipus intelligence answers and freeing the kingdom of Thebes from her curse reward him kingship and hand of his biological mother Queen Dowager Jocasta which completes the prophecy and fate of each character without their knowledge.
Impact on the society:
The story shows that the society was so dismal at that time. Therefore, the reflection of ancient society gives a learning chance to the modern society to have the things at its actuality. At the same time, the recognition of God's will strengthen the belief and weakened the ego of man. It is pathetic that son kills his father but more pathetic part is when it comes to taboo a mother son relationship. But again the all happened in an ignorant environment which leaves a bad taste on the viewers.
The puny acts of man kind can never being influenced the God's will. Therefore, the story is about the God's will and the human kind's denial from it. However, the story is on the university truth which is, the plans from God are final and the acts of man never give him the ultimate without the God's will.
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