"Oedipus The King" ( Sophocles ) Analytical Essay by The Research Group

"Oedipus The King" ( Sophocles )
Argues that Oedipus was correct in deciding not to commit suicide but to instead endure a life of suffering.
# 14236 | 1,800 words | 3 sources | 1999 | US


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This study will argue that Oedipus, in Sophocles' play Oedipus the King, was correct in his decision not to commit suicide. This holds true whether one concludes that Oedipus was a pawn in the hands of the gods, who, like all human beings, must simply accept the fate they have given to him, or a relatively free individual who must take responsibility for his actions.

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"This study will argue that Oedipus, in Sophocles' play Oedipus the King, was correct in his decision not to commit suicide. This holds true whether one concludes that Oedipus was a pawn in the hands of the gods, who, like all human beings, must simply accept the fate they have given to him, or a relatively free individual who must take responsibility for his actions. If one believes that the play presents Oedipus as a victim of the gods, then his murder of his father and marriage to his mother were foreordained events over which he had no control, and therefore he should not kill himself in response to the discovery of the truth. If one believes that Oedipus is relatively free to choose his actions, and is therefore responsible, then he should remain alive to repay his debt to society in some way and to perhaps acquire some wisdom which he would obviously never gain ..."

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