Literature Review: Oedipus The King And The Good-M

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Literature Review: Oedipus the King and the Good-Morrow “Oedipus the King,” was a tragic drama. Oedipus killed his own father, married his own mother and he did not even realized it. He was very angry when Tiresias told him that he was the murder of the pervious king. It made me think about what I would have done if I was in that situation. I think it is only natural for us as human to become defensive when the blame is put on us. When Oedipus found out the truth, he did accept the punishment for what he had done. I did not agree to the way they would seek answer to a problem like when Oedipus stated, “But as I thought I found only one remedy and that I took. I sent Menoeceus’ son Creon, Jocasta’s brother, to Apollo, to his Pythian temple, that he might learn there by what act or word I could save the city” (Sophocles 1561). It just clashes with the way I view the way we solve our problems. I do not think we can go to anyone and question them “why is God doing this” and get an answer. I wish we can, but we cannot. I also think it is for our own benefit not to know the answers to our questions. If Oedipus did not seek out the answer to what was the cause of the plague, he would have been in a different situation. In the beginning of the reading I thought Oedipus was a selfish king and only pretended to care for his people because of what he had said to Teiresias once he told Oedipus that he was the murder of the previous king, “It is endurable that I should hear such words from him? Go and a curse go with you! Quick, home with you! Out of my house at once” (Sophocles 1570). After finding out the truth in the end, he accepted the punishment. Oedipus said to Creon, “Drive me from here with all the speed you can to where I may not hear a human voice” (Sophocles 1595). He was clearly remorseful for what he had done. In my eyes he was a great man and he just did not
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