Hum Lecture- Feb 20, 2008

Hum Lecture- Feb 20, 2008 - Feb 20, 2008 What Oedipus Knew...

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Feb 20, 2008 What Oedipus Knew What this play is not about Character Flaw: doesn’t make the story morally palpable and doesn’t contribute to morale objection 1. Aristotle on Hamartia -error of judgment -character flaw: he make mistakes but doesn’t lead to his downfall 2. Oedipus’s character: Vice or Virtue? -temper is not reason he commit fault -His pride, self importance, swiftness he strikes enemies 3. Does the Punishment Fit the Crime? NO! -punishment don’t fit “crime” because crime known before 4. Predestination -if already destined a fate, personality don’t make a diff. -his character is irrelevant if predestined to this penalty Fate and Free Will: doesn’t tell much about the play 1. Identity as Fate -He is trying to avoid the fate which is his identity -Like when Teiresias says, “Note your evil birth and fate”-too late 2. Already Too Late to struggle 3. Character as Destiny -Character integrates destiny and choice -free choice and destiny don’t enhance play -“A man’s character is his destiny”: character guides personal
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Hum Lecture- Feb 20, 2008 - Feb 20, 2008 What Oedipus Knew...

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