AUCW oedipus

AUCW oedipus - Kelly Guinan AUCW 180 February 19, 2007...

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Kelly Guinan AUCW 180 February 19, 2007 Oedipus the King Questions E.R. Dodds, a critic of Sophocles’ work Oedipus Rex is the author of “On Misunderstanding Oedipus”. He gives an educated look into the psyche of the protagonist and points out a major theme of this play: human happiness is based on illusion. The interpretation stated in question three is accurate. Dodd’s states that Oedipus did indeed commit heniuous acts, the likes of which most audiences could never hope to relate to. Even so, he was unaware of the circumstances surrounding his situation, and though the man he slained was his father, and the woman he took as his own was his mother, he was “subjectively innocent.” While Oedipus acted out his destiny in the play, only the audience could see his “objective guilt”. He did what he thought was just the entire time, even inadvertantly cursing himself when he uttered curses upon the man who brought the plague into his city. Though Oedipus committed foul deeds, at the end of the play he accepted his consequences and
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