The character of Oedipus has historically inspired a combination of fascination and repulsion. How would you accound for this?

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This is a great question. The best way to answer this question is to realize that repulsion and fascination are not mutually exclusive. This is a false binary. In fact, in many ways certain things that are repulsive are at times fascinating and you cannot take your eyes off of...

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This is a great question. The best way to answer this question is to realize that repulsion and fascination are not mutually exclusive. This is a false binary. In fact, in many ways certain things that are repulsive are at times fascinating and you cannot take your eyes off of them. Here are two examples. Think of a car accident. The worse it is, the more you need to look. This is what causes rubbernecking on the highways of our country. Second, think of all the people who watch the news of all the horrible things that happen in the world. The media knows this and so they sensationalize lurid details even more.

The life of Oedipus certainly fits this pattern.  To kill your father is bad enough, but he even marries his mother. These points, of course, are repulsive in many ways, and it is this very point that makes it fascination.

 

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