Oedipus Essay

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Indra Teka Professor Leslie Roopram English 212 Fall 2014 Inquiry in Oedipus Sophocles is able to achieve and reach several points in his play, Oedipus the King. He retells a classic Greek story while also defining the characters and their intentions in pronounced detail. Sophocles logically devotes the most time describing the lead of the play, Oedipus. Sophocles expresses Oedipus' principles, morals, and views about issues throughout the play. Among the most significant of his beliefs that are discovered dealt with Oedipus' worth of rationalizing, intelligence, review and capacity. Oedipus was revealed as a sociable man that the audience could understand and possibly even relate to. The spectators saw a upright character, who did not seem to commit any deliberate criminal, come to his ruin. They saw an unquestionable disaster. Sophocles guaranteed that the audience would view Oedipus as reasonable hero by providing Oedipus with many of the current views of the period. These principles were carried about by a philosophy that was increasing in Greece during Sophocles' life. Majority of Oedipus' concepts can be tracked back to the conflict of Socrates who appeared in Plato's numerous works, or Plato's student Aristotle. These concepts were being mixed throughout Greece during the time period that Oedipus was thought to be presented, making them common knowledge for the audience of the time (Friedlander 7). Of all the virtues of the Greeks, especially the Athenians held dear was wisdom, wisdom dealing with everything in life (Friedlander 8). Socrates rejected this Greek effort for wisdom when he not only declared that wisdom is the one true virtue from which all other virtues initiated, but he also said the infamous quote, "The unexamined life is not worth living."("Apology" 203). During all of Plato's conversations, Socrates supported the significance

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