God and Man in "Oedipus Rex" Author(s): Lauren Silberman Source: College Literature, Vol. 13, No. 3 (Fall, 1986), pp. 292-299 Published by: College Literature Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25111712 . Accessed: 15/01/2014 09:40
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GOD AND MAN IN OEDIPUS REX
by Lauren Silberman
In what sense, if in any, does the Oedipus Rex attempt to justify the In his essay "On Misunderstanding the Oedipus ways of God to man?" E. R. Dodds admits to having asked that question of undergraduates Rex," at Oxford in Honour Moderations and to having thereby being examined occasioned wholesale, but consistent, misinterpretation of one of the mas literature. Dodds terworks of Western reports that ninety per cent of the students candidates' groups. Most responses fell into three distinguishable asserted that the play justifies the gods by showing "that we get what we de of read Oedipus Rex as the affirmation serve."1 A substantial minority that it fate over free will. The smallest group concluded divinely determined was not Sophocles' intention to justify the gods at all. Dodds goes on to that Oedipus Rex affirms human greatness as the capacity argue eloquently he could see to pursue and endure the truth of man's...