What is the moral of Oedipus Rex?

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The moral lesson in Oedipus Rex, as the other answers have indicated, is that it is impossible to escape one's destiny and a sin to try to do so.

In the Greek worldview, one of the worst sins a person could commit was to think he knew better than the gods. This is what Oedipus does when he attempts to escape his god-ordained fate.

One feels for Oedipus, as he is handed a terrible future. The prophets foretell that he is destined to kill his father and marry his mother. Most people would try to escape a future that has such terrible consequences for their parents.

Oedipus is trying to protect the...

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You cannot escape you're fate no matter what you try to do. Oedipus is bound by his fate instead of his free will. He leaves his adopted home in search of another so he can avoid the prophecy. He literally does anything and everything he can to make sure he will not be affected by the prophecy. However, because of this once he has his old home back, unknowingly, he bedded his mother (yeah I know its gross), and sired children. He became his own downfall in trying to escape from his fate. This shows fate is inevitable. 

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