English Composition II
October 21, 2014
Those who read the play will say Oedipus went wrong. The readers have different opinions about what Oedipus did do and did not do. Oedipus acts on both reason and passion. When Oedipus acts with reason, it causes him to express both passion and reason. Passion and reason may seem different, but the two are similar. Passion can be powerful. Strong passion gives a perspective on the importance aspects and gives a more focused reasoning. Passion can also lead to determination. Strong reasoning increases the strength of the passion one has possessed.
When Oedipus gets to Thebes, he asks his followers to accompany him to save Thebes. However, with his acts of going to Thebes with reason, he, also, expresses his feelings through passion. Oedipus has confidence, where his reasoning comes from. With all the confidence he has, he is blind to Jocasta being his mother, the Oracle telling him the truth and listening to the ones who are telling him the truth of his life. Had Oedipus asked questions about his life or Jocasta's life, he would not have married her. The Oracle was giving Oedipus his future and if he did not run away from his fate, the matter at hand would have been avoided. Oedipus refused to listen to his friend Teiresias as he warned Oedipus about his fate. He feels that he can achieve greatness and power, and overcome any challenge. Oedipus had a reason to be confident. He is never proven wrong until the end of Jocasta's life. When he is wrong, he refuses to believe the facts.
In order to save Thebes, the murderer of Laius must be found. Oedipus starts his search for Laius' murderer. When the truth is brought to the surface, Oedipus accepts his own exile and takes his punishment. After Teiresias confronts Oedipus about the truth about himself, Oedipus states to Teiresias, “It has, but not for you; it has no strength for you because you are blind in mind and...
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