How is Oedipus Rex a tragedy of fate?

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First, Oedipus received a prophecy from the oracle at Delphi, indicating that he would kill his father and marry his mother.  The ancient Greeks believed that the oracle was the servant of Apollo, and when the oracle says something is going to happen, it is going to happen.  Nonetheless, Oedipus attempts to evade the prophecy by never going back to his home, in Corinth.  He figures that if he isn't around his mother and father, then he cannot possibly fulfill that fate.

What Oedipus doesn't realize is that the people he thinks are his parents are not actually his parents.  This is what he went to the oracle to find out, but the oracle didn't tell him.  His birth parents had sent him away to be killed when he was a...

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