"So be it. I reck not how Fate deals with me
But my unhappy children--for my sons
Be not concerned, O Creon..."
See in text (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.