Confused on Oedipus RexI have a paper and I am confused on the topic question and how to start answering it (Not asking for a full paper just need help getting started)..THE TOPIC: It is alluded to...

Confused on Oedipus Rex

I have a paper and I am confused on the topic question and how to start answering it (Not asking for a full paper just need help getting started)..THE TOPIC:

It is alluded to in the play and was known to theater-goers of the classical era that the gods had placed a curse upon King Laius, Oedipus' father, and hence on his entire House of Labdakos. Is the premise of the Oedipus tragedy a question of the sins of the father being visited on the son? If we are to follow the reasoning that Oedipus himself was the gods' instrument of vengeance upon his father, why should he and his mother, Iocasta, have been subjected to such terrible suffering?


To what extent is Oedipus responsible for his actions and what happens to him as a result of them?

Is he essentially the victim of predetermining forces in the form of the curse on his family and the oracle’s predictions of what the gods have in store for them, or are the choices that he makes at different junctures in dealing with his situation the ultimate determining factors?

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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What is your opinion? Do you think everything is fated, or do you believe humans have free will? In other words, do we make decisions that determine what happens to us, or is everything set before us and we don't get a choice in the matter.
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nusratfarah | (Level 1) Valedictorian

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"To what extent is Oedipus responsible for his actions and what happens to him as a result of them?

Is he essentially the victim of predetermining forces in the form of the curse on his family and the oracle’s predictions of what the gods have in store for them, or are the choices that he makes at different junctures in dealing with his situation the ultimate determining factors?"

After these clear-cut questions, no, I do not think that jrbyh20 needs to contact the teacher, rather should try on her own first. Since, jrbyh20 has one to pick up between two choices, either has to go for the gods and fate, or foreground freewill and follies of the tragic hero; so, easily, it can be prepared what you have to write, jrbyh20.

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engaged | (Level 1) eNoter

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If your confused about the question and the topic you should have your teacher explain them to you so that way you get a better understanding of what your supposed to write about.

 

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nusratfarah | (Level 1) Valedictorian

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I'll say to you a few lines. First, Oedipus, though was much destined by fate, was not fully bound to destiny. He could have changed his fate by controlling his stubbornness and austerity. And secondly, it is Oedipus who still forced Tiresias and others to foretell the truth, though he was made aware not to stretch the matter. So, this is supremely Oedipus's own folly that is responsible for the tragedy, not the gods. Gods give him chances, but Oedipus misuses those.

Undoubtedly, unlike Aeschylus, Sophocles's plays are very humanistic.

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