What is the importance of including Oedipus Rex in the 12th grade English curriculum?I am writing an essay for english on the importance of Oedipus I know that it is important from a literary...

What is the importance of including Oedipus Rex in the 12th grade English curriculum?

I am writing an essay for english on the importance of Oedipus I know that it is important from a literary standpoint because of aristotle, and a historical standpoint because of Frued. I need to expand on those ideas. 
Would it work to say that Oedipus is also relevant from a humanistic point of view as well (looking at fate and what not). I can't tell if that would be relevent to grade 12 english curriculum.

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This is a great question. There are several reasons why Oedipus should be in the 12th grade curriculum. Let me give you several points.

First, classics, such as Oedipus Rex, are classics, because they have passed the test of time. In other words, there is something universal about these works that resonate in our hearts. For this reason, to read these pieces will benefit us in some way, as it has for many generations.

Second, if we want to understand who we are now, at least from a western point of view, it is important to know from where we have come. In order to do this, we need to go back to the western canon of literature. Sophocles is one of these seminal figures.

Third, from a practical point of view, you have to read something in 12th grade - why not read a great piece of literature?

Finally, Sophocles makes you think. There are no easy answers. The tension between freewill and predetermination and the like are important topics with which to grapple even now.

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