Oedipus RexBy today's social and legal standards, is Oedipus in any sense guilty, and if so, of what? 1st paragraph: Intro  2nd paragraph: Oedipus' guilt or innocence by today's social standards...

Oedipus Rex

By today's social and legal standards, is Oedipus in any sense guilty, and if so, of what?

1st paragraph: Intro 

2nd paragraph: Oedipus' guilt or innocence by today's social standards

3rd paragraph: Oedipus' guilt or innocence by today's legal standards

4th paragraph: Conclusion

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e-martin | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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By legal standards, Oedipus is guilty of murder. He killed a man without premeditation but with definite intention. When Oedipus kills his father and fulfills that part of the prophecy, a legal system like ours today would find him guilty of manslaughter. 

Socially, this same act but be seen more leniently as the man was apparently willing to run Oedipus off the road. 

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

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I think that your introduction should focus on trying to get your readers to consider the bigger issues you are writing about. Then you will include your thesis, of course. As for the conclusion, I like to end them with a sort of call to action related to your topic, perhaps explaining instances when a person might be justified in committing murder.
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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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By today's legal standards, Oedipus might have been guilty of some sort of crime for killing his father.  The two of them got in a fight over what would be called road rage today.  Laius did hit Oedipus first, but only after Oedipus hit his charioteer.  So Oedipus might be guilty of something because he might be judged to have started the fight.  However, it certainly wouldn't have been murder.  He's not guilty of incest because he didn't know.

Socially, we would probably judge him harshly for beating an old man to death even if the old man did hit him first.  I don't think he'd be judged guilty of the incest.  People might feel a bit uncomfortable around him, but he would not be held guilty of anything.

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saluki1014 | Student, College Freshman | eNotes Newbie

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What would be good into and conclusion paragraphs?

And where could I find sources for this using MLA style, I can use journals, internet article, video, interview, documentry, etc.?

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