We all like to think that our power to make decisions is the main reason we are able to stay different and unique from the rest of the world. However, making decisions might actually just be an illusion of our minds. In class we watched a Ted Talk that went over main ideas in the illusion of free will and that we don't make choices based on ourselves but on inferior choices making others look superior.
There are a lot of correlations between this talk and literature exploring tragedy. In the Ted Talk, the speaker went over how we don't really "choose our own destiny". There are a lot of decisions to make in life where you think that you are making a choice based of of your own intuition. However, usually you only think that you are making a decision and you are actually influenced by other choices. In Oedipus Rex for example, Oedipus and Jocasta think that they are making smart decisions in order to resolve and avoid their fates and prophecies. Although at the end they realize there was no way of escaping the fact that Oedipus killed his father and married his mother happened anyways.
Sometimes what we think is the right decision ends up stabbing us in the back later. "Our intuition fools us even after being showed reality." It is almost like seeing. Since the human race is so great at sight you think we would be amazing at it with little faults. Except when we look at optical illusions it confuses our minds. If we are not so great at that, think of all the other things that we could be even worse at. This is like decision making. We think we are really good at it but in reality we are either making wrong decision or sometimes the right ones but only because there was an outside force willing us to make that certain choice. Sometimes we try to make choices that avoid tragedy but I think a good lesson to be learned from this is that tragic moments in out lives are inevitable.