Adriana Jimenez Essay #1.docx - Jimenez1 Adriana Jimenez Mrs Swets English 2331-2 17 October 2018 Strengthening After Suffering Suffering is the result

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Jimenez1 Adriana Jimenez Mrs. Swets English 2331-2 17 October 2018 Strengthening After Suffering Suffering is the result of hardships and is sometimes beyond a person’s control, being determined by a supernatural force or fate. Whether a toe is stubbed on a chair, a low test grade is made, or a family member dies, suffering is uncontrollable and is often destructive; however, what is important is how the difficult situations are handled and what is done after enduring the pain that helps build a stronger character and develop wisdom. Suffering is out of man’s control and is left in the hands of god(s) or fate. With understanding fate and situations articulated by a higher power, comes wisdom. No one has immunity from trials and tribulations whether the hardships are based on successfulness and/or loyalty. In both Oedipus the King and The Old Testament , the characters Oedipus and Job experience pain and hardships based off their actions, whether intentional or unintentional, proving that suffering is not always a matter of bad choices; rather sometimes suffering is determined by fate or a higher being, but these hardships do allow someone to become stronger and wiser. Sophocles portrays Oedipus as a strong people-saving king; however, the decisions that are made throughout his life, made by him or decisions made for him, show how his suffering is unavoidable because of his pre-determined fate. Before Oedipus is born, prophecies are made regarding his future and the effect he will have on his parents. The prophecy given to his parents is that he will grow up and kill his father. Because of this, his parents order for Oedipus to be killed to escape the tragedy that are to happen if he stays alive. Oedipus is the current king of
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Jimenez2 Thebes and during this time, the Greeks are experiencing destruction in their lives and their land. As a king, he is blinded by others’ opinions, but he believes that those around him are blind to the decisions he is making regarding certain accusations and decisions made. Apollo warns the Greeks that whoever killed the former king, Laos, needs to be exiled in order for the Greeks to come out of suffering. Oedipus is first viewed as a confident and honest king, but that viewpoint
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