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Case File: Oedipus vs. the Fates

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Case Description: Complainant (Oedipus) accuses Defendants (the Fates) of cruel and unusual punishment. Oedipus thought everything in his life was going to be hunky dory until a drunk guy at a party yelled out that Polybus and Merope weren't his real parents. To find out the truth, he went to the Oracle of Delphi, where he was told that he was destined to kill his father and sleep with his mother. Totally freaked out by this, he decided to defy the Fates by never returning home to Corinth.

Case Status: Case dismissed. You can't beat the Fates by trying to avoid what they lay out for you. In the end, Oedipus ended up unknowingly doing exactly what they said he would do.

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