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I'm done! And if any of you care to read what a dialogue between Hamlet and Oedipus regarding fate versus freewill might look like, read on!


HAMLET
Halt! Who's there?

OEDIPUS
Please sir, speak easy. As you may see, I am blind and no danger to you.

HAMLET
What be your name, sir?

OEDIPUS
My name is of little importance, for I am of little importance anymore.

HAMLET
What mean do you mean by this? What are these riddles you play with?

OEDIPUS
No riddles, sir. I used to be a king of men, but now I am as you see me. The fates have ensured that.

HAMLET
Fates? What is it that you speak of? Please tell me who are.

OEDIPUS
I was Oedipus, King of Thebes.

HAMLET
Oedipus? I believe I have heard of you. Your brother Creon now holds the throne?

OEDIPUS
Yes, sir, he does. May I inquire as to who you are?

HAMLET
My name is Hamlet.

OEDIPUS
Hamlet? King of Denmark?

HAMLET
Nay, sir...'twas my father, the King of Denmark. He died and has left Claudius, his brother, to rule.

OEDIPUS
Ah, so what has become of Denmark now? Why are you not there?

HAMLET
That tainted prison has fallen to Norway. Fortinbras took over the land after Claudius was killed. After I fulfilled my fate and killed him. Ah, how could I let that happen?

OEDIPUS
Do not blame yourself, Hamlet, the fates will stop at nothing to ensure their prophecies are held true.

HAMLET
I'm sorry, sir, if I don't bend toward fate as easily as you do.

OEDIPUS
Bend toward fate? Perhaps you just protested too much. Tell me, what was your charge?

HAMLET
I was to kill my uncle...the murdered of my father. Why do you ask in such a tone?

OEDIPUS
And how long did that take you? A couple hours, maybe a day or two?

HAMLET
A few months. What are you hoping to get in this response?

OEDIPUS
And how many lives were wasted in the process? Just Claudius, I assume.

HAMLET
You know more than you let on, sir...

OEDIPUS
That wasn't an answer. As I recall you also killed Polonus, his son Laertes and daughter Ophelia, whom you claimed to love. And your mother died as well. Four unnecessary and brutal deaths before you finally carried out your task.

HAMLET
I was not responsible for the deaths of my mother or Ophelia! And if it were not for Claudius, Laertes would not have been killed either. It was misfortune who took those lives, not I!

OEDIPUS
Hamlet, you are getting rather defensive. I didn't mean to upset you.

HAMLET
What about you, man? You claim that I resisted the fates and caused a massacre, but look at yourself.

OEDIPUS
Sir you make it seem as though I wanted to fulfill my wretched prophesy.

HAMLET
Well, what did you do to stop it? What kept you from killing your father? Who stopped you from marrying your mother?

OEDIPUS
It didn't matter what I tried, the fates used it to their advantage. I tried to leave my so-called parents in Corinth, but only moved closer to my actual mother and father in Thebes.

HAMLET
So you resisted too? Well that would make it seem as though resistance affected nothing. Protesting the fates affected nothing. The fates did nothing except assign a charge and it was up to you to carry it out. It could have been stopped.

OEDIPUS
I resisted once. It took you months before you would kill Claudius.

HAMLET
But you still felt the consequence of that, didn't you? Tell me, was it fated that your mother should die along with your father, or was that just an added bonus?

OEDIPUS
I do not approve of that accusation.

HAMLET
I wasn't looking for your approval.

OEDIPUS
Listen to your own argument. You think you could have stopped the fates? You think you could have freely stood against them and not killed Claudius?

HAMLET
It was out of my own hands that he was killed, and I could have stopped those hands.

OEDIPUS
But you wouldn't have. You couldn't have bared the thought your father suffering in the horrible afterlife.

HAMLET
That proves nothing. I still had the choice, even if I decided to follow my fate.

OEDIPUS
It proves everything. It proves that the fates have control over everything. They knew your weakness and knew that you could not live if your father suffered. So they told you he was in purgatory. They made sure that you would have to follow your fate.

HAMLET
Are you saying the fates lied? Are you saying that my father's ghost was a mere set-up to ensure I would fulfill the prophecy?

OEDIPUS
The fates didn't lie, they just did what they knew they had to do. Hamlet, the fates knew how to get me back to Thebes. They knew that if I was told my prophecy, that I would leave my parents to assure that it wouldn't happen. But it did happen. My leaving forced it to happen. I killed Laius. I married Jocasta. I produced four children with her. In the end, I needed to exile myself for the prosperity of Thebes and Jocasta murdered herself. These aren't fairy tale endings, Hamlet, but they are they way things had to be.

HAMLET
So there was never any hope? There is no way to run from the fates? They control everything?

OEDIPUS
The only thing to do is accept what is to happen in life, or risk further damage.

HAMLET
So there is no choice...

OEDIPUS
Only the belief of choice.



Candace liked it. I'm hoping Weatherby does too...

Tomorrow I get to try and change my schedule at arena. *crosses fingers* I want to take dance! I want to drop APES! Please let it happen!!!

I'm hungry. I'm going to search for food.

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