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Unformatted text preview: February 20 th , 2008 Humanities Week 7 lecture 1 What Oedipus Knew I. What this play is NOT about Character Flaw o Aristotle on Harmartia (error of judgement, character flaw) o Oedipus Character: Vice or Virtue? o Does the Punishment fit the crime? NO o Predestination His character is irrelevant if predestined to this penalty o Character flaw isnt Morally palpable o Punishment is not proportioned to his crime (of his character flaw) Being ill-tempered is punished by having to kill your father and sleep with your mother? o It would be a vain struggle Fate and Free Will o Identity as Fate o Already too late o Character as Destiny A mans character is his destiny If Oedipus is predestined, it doesnt matter how his character is o Its his ignorance to his identity, know your evil birth and fate (Shepard says this) Ones own identity is not a matter of free will Observation: when Sophocles chooses to enter the story, the calamities that Oedipus wants to exercise his free will, makes his struggle purposeless. o Greeks didnt a conflict between fate and free will Not that they couldnt understand the notion, they just didnt see it as an important issue Greeks saw fate and free will as an integration of an...
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course HUMANITIES 2 taught by Professor Edwards during the Winter '08 term at UCSD.

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