"Book of Job" and "Oedipus the King" by Robert Penn Warren.

Topics: Robert Penn Warren, Emotion, Oedipus, Emotional intelligence, Oedipus the King, Tiresias / Pages: 3 (1053 words) / Published: Oct 23rd, 2003
Robert Penn Warren: The Book of Job and Oedipus the King

A great man, by the name of Robert Penn Warren once said, "One of our deepest cravings is to find logic in experience, but in real life, how little of our experience comes to us in such manageable form. 'TELLING' is a way of groping of the logic of an event, and attempt to make the experience intellectually manageable. If a man who is in a state of blind outrage at his fate, can come to understand that the fate which had seemed random and gratuitous is really a result of his own previous behavior, or is a part of the general plan of life, his emotional response is modified by that intellectual comprehension." In this statement, Robert Warren is saying that whenever people find themselves in the worst of times, the first thing to take over is their emotions. After a person's emotional level has lowered, he starts to rationalize, and work through the problem, or problems he is experiencing. While people are working through their problems, they eventually see logic in why it has occurred to them, or they realize it has happened because of fate. This is a valid statement, when it comes to "The Book of Job" and Oedipus the King, because Job and Oedipus respond emotionally to the problem they are facing; they both try to rationalize and work through their problem, and in the end Job and Oedipus realize that everything has occurred because of fate.

At the beginning of the story, both Job and Oedipus have a great emotional problem they must deal with. Job's problem is an emotional one, in which God is taking away everything he has. God has taken away all of Job's livestock, his home, and his family. Once Job realizes that everything he once had is gone, he begins to release emotionally by complaining and questioning his life. Job asks himself questions such as, "Why did my mother hold me on her knees? Why did she feed me at her breast?" (3:11). Job continues by saying, "If I had died then, I would be at rest now"

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