I think that the Greeks believed that their lives was already planned out for them and that whatever they do they cannot change their fate.
Oedipus ran away from his "home" because he did not want to kill his father and marry his mother. However, by running away that is exactly what he did.(niv)
hey nivy, i agree with you that the Greeks beleived their lives were already planned out for them, but i feel it had more to do with the Greek gods.
- ryan

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I feel that the Greeks and the beliefe in the Greek gods, makes them feel that there lives are planned and that they have to put there lives in the hands of the gods becuase the gods know what is best for them. Oedipus, put his life in the hands of the gods and he ended up being the cause of his peoples pain. Ironicly he was both the person who harmed them and the person who saved them
-ryan

The Chorus was always meant to represent the common people and I think these lines sum up their belief in destiny quite nicely:

Destiny guide me always
Destiny find me filled with reverence pure in word and deed,
Great laws tower above us, reared on high
born for the brilliant vault of heaven -- Olympian Sky their only father,
nothing mortal, no man gave them birth,
their memory deathless, never lost in sleep:
within them lives a mighty god, the god does not grow old.
(954-962)

The Greeks had a great reverence and belief in destiny and Oedipus' fate definitely mirrors their belief as Niv and Ryan have mentioned. The inevitability of Oedipus' fate - no matter how much Laius, Jocasta and Oedipus tried to avoid it - is exactly how the Greeks viewed their lives. In the foreword at pg135 it also mentions that "The voice of destiny in the play is the oracle of Apollo" which "was, for Sophocles and his audience, a fact of life, an institutino as present and solid, as uncompromising (and sometimes infuriating) as the Vatican is for us". - Choon

I think that through Oedipus’s fate we can see that the Greeks were extremely submitted to their gods. Oedipus was willing to severely punish himself after finding out about his crime. The Greeks must have also taken life pretty seriously since Oedipus reacted in this drastic way. *~beka~*

According to Greek mythology life is planned out for them and that everything that they do is already planned out and they cant change that but when Sophocles was writing this there was alot of doubt in the existence of the gods and if they did exist how big of a role they actually played in peoples lifes this thought and feeling was shown in Jocasta and Oedipus both thinking they can avoid there fait both thinking that they could beat the gods at their own game. however i think sophocles was a very religous man because he was saying to all the people that had these notions that no matter how much you think you can cheat the gods they are always behind everything you do.
Philip