Question: What role does fate play in Antigone?
Answer: Fate plays a major role in Greek Tragedy. To fully understand Antigone, one must be familiar with Antigone's background. Antigone's father was Oedipus. When Oedipus was born, his father, the king, went to an oracle who claimed that his new son's fate was to murder his father and marry his mother. To avoid this fate, the king sent his servant to the woods to murder Oedipus. The servant, not a big fan of infanticide, nailed the baby to a tree instead of murdering it.
As fate would have it, an old man found the baby Oedipus and raised him as his own. When Oedipus reached adulthood, he went to an oracle to know his future. The oracle told him he would kill his father and marry his mother. Thinking the old man who raised him was his father, he left immediately. As he journeyed he came across a caravan that attacked him. The caravan was led by, you guessed it, the king, whom Oedipus killed. Not long after, Oedipus rolled into town, impressed the queen (his mother) and married her (yuck). They had four children: Eteocles, Polyneices, Antigone, and Ismene. Oedipus was cursed by the gods for his sin against nature.
Antigone believes the curse continues in her and that she and her family are destined to be miserable. Sophocles, however, points out through the chorus that Antigone's choices play a role as well.