Oedipus lit log

Oedipus lit log - A gnieszka Wynar Agnieszka Wynar Mrs....

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Agnieszka Wynar 1 Agnieszka Wynar Mrs. Mancini AP Literature and Composition 5 October 2008 Literature Log Oedipus by Sophocles Ideas the Work Elicited The play; Oedipus, has elicited many ideas, one of them being limit of free will. The story of Oedipus starts off with him presented as a great leader of Thebes, however; under unfortunate circumstances he is to deal with the terror of a plaque that stroked his people. To solve the mystery of the plaque he has sent Creon, his brother-in-law and fellow ruler, to the Delphic oracle to find out a solution. Creon came with the news and in front of the people he presented what he has learned from Apollo. He says that to get rid of the plaque, the city needs to get rid of the murderer of the last king; Laius. Oedipus loves riddles and he is determined to find the murderer. Oracles play a big role in the plot of the story. Through them Oedipus learns that he is the one that has murdered his father and his life was just a fulfillment of a prophecy set on him as a child. Jostaca, his mother and his wife, when he was born decided to kill him because the oracle has told her that her son will kill his father and sleep with his mother. However, a shepherd decided to save the innocent child Oedipus and the prophecy came true. Oedipus had no control over his destiny. Even though he thought that he was making decisions on his own, fate had brought him to the end he was trying to avoid. This elicits the idea that there is no such
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thing as free will. It brings us to reality, and shows that our lives are destined a certain way and we can do nothing to change it. Another theme of the play is sight and blindness. Clear vision is a metaphor for knowledge. When Teiresias comes to Oedipus and tells him the truth of his origins, Oedipus tries to deny it. His way of putting a shadow over his past is blaming others, he makes fun of Teiresias’s blindness. As he realizes that he is not the son of his parents, that he really is the son of the previous king and his wife. That the previous’ king’s wife; his mother, happens to be his wife as well. As he figures out that the murderer he is looking for is actually himself. He goes crazy, and tries to prove his thoughts wrong. He does this by blaming Teiresias for his conspiracy against him. Oedipus tries to think that Creon and Teiresias had plotted a scheme to overthrow him. He tries to close his eyes to truth. The irony is that Oedipus when clear-eyed is not able to see the truth of his origins, compared to the prophet Teiresias who is blind but “sees” the truth. Only after Oedipus blinds himself at the end of the play he is able to “see” the awful truth, and his fate. This elicits an idea that when one is shown terrible truth he would rather hear a lie instead and if he happens to hear the truth one will try to ignore it and forget if possible. Stylistic Commentary
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