Fate of Oedipus T-Chart - Choices and Consequences
The life and fate of Oedipus was that of tragic circumstances
Several scenes demonstrate clearly that there are set limits and purposes. Teiresias is the clearest spokesman for the existence of a “right” answer to the problem dividing Creon and Antigone; and, in addition, the fate of Oedipus is largely predetermined in both of his plays, Philoctetes will go to Troy, Orestes is ordered to gain vengeance for his father, and oracles known by Teucer, Deianeira, and Heracles do come true. Characters, however, do not easily learn to live in such a structured universe; final scenes center on figures who have been required to make decisions on the grounds of limited insight, reaping the fruit—often bitter—of those decisions.
Greek Mythology online texts: The black fate of Oedipus.
In contrast to the passive fate of Oedipus (passive because he made no conscious sin against the Gods) stands the active sin of Aeschylus' Prometheus. Prometheus dares to steal fire from the gods, so that man may control his own fate and not wait on the whim of the Olympians. This story represents "the profound Aeschlean yearning for justice." The individual wishes to break out of his bounds, and must commit the 'original crime' to do so. This 'Aryan' myth, with its 'masculine' crime and 'active sin' stands in direct contrast to the 'Semitic' myth of original sin, which is profoundly 'feminine.' The Promethean myth, with its theme of active striving against the bounds of natural law, is strongly Dionysian. For, while Apollo seeks to calm individual beings with neat boundaries, Dionysus constantly strains against these bonds. However, in its yearning for justice, the Promethean myth is also Apollonian.