02b Oedipus Essay - Bush 1 Chad K Bush English 203 David...

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Bush 1 Chad K. Bush English 203 David Willis 21 July 2006 I have read, understand, and am in compliance with the Academic Honesty policy for the University and this course. In particular, I have not committed any kind of plagiarism. There are no direct or indirect quotations or paraphrases from printed materials, websites, other students’ papers, or any other sources in my essay, which have not been cited and attributed as material and ideas from said sources. Fate and Oedipus Rex Sociology teaches that human life is lived inside a social matrix that helps each person learn who he is and how he relates to other persons and to the reality of living. This social matrix is made up of social institutions, structures and practices, all of which help to keep the consistency of a society in check against the backdrop of the ever- changing state of man (Social 2006). It would be expected that the literature of any time will reveal at least some of these social structures from the particular society that produced the works, and the societies of ancient Greek city-states present no exceptions to this rule. Sophocles’ Greek drama Oedipus Rex perpetuates the Greek’s social structure of the relationship between gods and men containing the belief in the role of fate in determining men’s lives and the limits of free will in Olympian religion. Oedipus Rex relates through its plot and core conflicts the Greek belief that the ideal relationship between men and gods has man humble before and subject to the gods.
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Bush 2 The basic conflict of the play is between the protagonist Oedipus and the fate destined him by Apollo, which Oedipus attempts to subvert from the moment he first received prophesy of his own fate. When he heard it said in Corinth that he would shed the blood of his father (whom he believed to be Polybos, king of Corinth) and marry his mother (whom he believed to be Merope, wife of Polybos), he fled to avoid the fate destined to him. “And so, for all these years,” Oedipus says, “I have kept clear of Corinth, and no harm has come –” (Sophocles 174). But when Apollo (or any god for that matter)
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