Monday, September 13, 2010

Who are you Oedipus?

Oedipus, in Oedipus Rex, has absolutely no control over his identity. Through the whole story, he thinks he is one person, a son of Corinth, when really he is a cursed prince of Thebes. Oedipus's identity was in the hands of fate, something he could not change. Even when he does persist on finding the truth and is enlightend, he cannot be himself. Oedipus is a strong leader, a man who cares for the well being of others, however, when he learns the truth he becomes a scorned man, ashamed of what he did not know. Oedipus isn't the only one whos unknown identiy got the best of them. Jocasta, Oedipus's wife/mom, tried to mess whith her identity by making it so she was no longer the mother of a cursed child. Fate caught up to her, and punished her with her with her life, for even thinking she could control who she was. Prehaps the moral of identity in this story, is that you can't control it. and if you try you will be cursed. Identiy is an outside opinion, something someone bestows upon you. It is not you opinion of yourself, or who you think you are.

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