Tone in Oedipus the King

Tone Examples in Oedipus the King:

Oedipus the King 1

"So be it. I reck not how Fate deals with me But my unhappy children--for my sons Be not concerned, O Creon..."   (Oedipus the King)

Sophocles revisits the theme of inescapable Fate. Where Oedipus once tried to change destiny, he now accepts it. The tone here, though, is not one of welcome but of defeat. Oedipus now feels he is at the whim of the gods, of Fate, and that his choices have no bearing.