5695073-Sophocles edit - Last Name 1 Students Name Instructor\u2019s Name Course Date Sophocles character Oedipus is innocent due to cruel parents and

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Last Name 1 Students Name Instructor’s Name Course Date Sophocles' character Oedipus is innocent due to cruel parents and dishonest step-parents. In the Poetics. Aristotle theorized that tragic plays arouse emotions such as fear and pity that inform the audience's moral decisions. Aristotelians revere the visible or the material over the perceived or imagined to judge human choices. Per the classical scholar, the outcome or consequence of action presents essential criteria for making ethical judgments to intentions, fate, and imagined ideals. However, philosophies from Plato, Kant, Descartes, Freud, and others emphasize the vital role of the mind in controlling the body’s actions. Plato’s metaphysical imperative on the nature of innocence of an individual's story favors the intelligible rather than the visible. Sophocles’ character Oedipus was born in a predetermined or imagined environment and therefore lacked the free will for his actions. Oedipus’s intentions were innocent and served the parents, gods, and the Kingdom's prescribed collective duty. Discussion The tragedy is a standard moral persuasion tool in classical and contemporary western literature. The earliest forms of the theatre were based on religious rituals performed through song and dance. Social and ritualistic theatrical techniques were aimed at conserving cultural and traditional ethical beliefs. Justice, innocence, and punishment in the early state are disseminated depending on the consequences of an action to societal norms (Alexander, James 985). The conservative practices ensured that duty to the state or community is revered
Last Name 2 over individual self-preservation. Under the conservatism view, Oedipus is innocent because he sacrifices family, friends, and self for the wellness of the entire Thebes Kingdom (Gould, Thomas 363) . Oedipus's leadership style results in improved health, reduced corruption, expanded commerce, justice, and equality in society. Sophocles conservatism themes and motifs are also prevalent in other ancient Greek dramas, including Homer's “ The Odyssey," indicating the importance of deities to moral human decisions or choices. Though Oedipus propelled Thebes to socio-economic greatness, his political achievements derailed his personal moral development and innocence. The King's tragic patricide dissociates his subjects from the economic and social realities of the evolving world. Conservative societies tend to create fascist, patriarchal, aristocratic leaders with unidirectional political ideologies. There are multiple moments whereby Oedipus uses torture, threats, and intimidation to derive answers from his subjects. For example, the ruler forces the shepherd to reveal the prophecy's nature and his true parentage. Sophocles' dramatic tragedies promote despair rather than solace and hope to present a shift from the progressive Greek cultural norm ( Lansky, Melvin R 64) . For example, ‘the Agora’ provided a central platform for commoners and nobles to voice their political concerns to develop a civilized state. Public participation is a democratic practice yet to be embraced even in the

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