ENG 208 Final Reflection Paper

ENG 208 Final Reflection Paper - 1 English 208Final...

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1 English 208- Final Reflection The work we studied this term that I believe to be most relevant to contemporary students would be Oedipus by Sophocles. As in many Greek tragedies, fate and free will are major themes in Oedipus . Fate is defined as “the will or principle or determining cause by which things in general are believed to come to be as they are or events to happen as they do”. Free Will is defined as the “freedom of humans to make choices that are not determined by prior causes or by divine intervention”. Honesty is also a theme in Oedipus, since Oedipus wants the complete truth from everyone, even at his own detriment. All humans determine their fates by the choices they make in their lives. Contemporary students should be able to apply these themes in their educational pursuits, personal lives, and occupational endeavors. In the Sophoclean tragedy, “Much of the comment the play has excited revolves around the extent to which Oedipus can be held responsible for what happens to him”(Walton 1995). Many students bemoan their fate, instead of taking responsibility for their role in the outcome. In Oedipus The King, Laius had been told that his fate was to die at the hands of any son that he may father. Despite this, Laius chose to father a child with his wife Jocasta. When the
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This note was uploaded on 01/14/2012 for the course ENG 208 taught by Professor Brewington during the Spring '11 term at Piedmont TC.

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