Oedipus As Innocent Or Guilty

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The issues of destiny, predetermination, and foreknowledge play a part in proving Oedipus as innocent or guilty. Oedipus embodies the human condition in just this paradoxical relation to both open and closed conceptions of life. Segal (2001) suggests he is both free and determined, of able to choose and helpless in the face of choices that he has already made in the past or circumstances like those of his birth, over which he had no power of choice. Segal suggests Oedipus does not have a tragic flaw, this view rests on a misunderstanding of Aristotle and is a moralising way out of the disturbing questions that the plane means to ask. Sophocles refuses to give so easy in answer to the problem of suffering. The plot or situation may look like a diabolical trap set for Oedipus by the gods, Sophocles from the first scene makes the question of divine intervention unavoidable. Typically in Greek tragedy the gods work through normal human behaviour and motivation. Segal (2001) suggests the play only allows us to see the events that workout as the god say they would and that the human figures bring about these events through a chain of actions that contains some striking coincidences. It is also possible to raise the question of guilt on other characters such as Tiresias, his prophetic powers also raise questions of why he did not intervene to stop the marriage of Oedipus and Jocasta and why he waited so many years to declare Oedipus as the killer of Liaus. “Tiresias’s for knowledge suggest the existence of forces and patterns in our lives beyond the limits of ordinary human knowledge”. (Segal, 2001) Bernard Knox suggests that there is a meaningful relation between heroes action and his suffering so he is responsible for the conseque... ... middle of paper ... ...s’s life is not so much who he killed or married but how he avoided the truth for so long. Jacques Lacan adheres to the tradition al view that Oedipus is aware of his guilt, however he hides the truth from himself. (Moddelmog, D. A.1993) A some contemporary analysts, O’Connor, Frisch and Morana deport from Freud’s reading of an innate desire. The very innate desire that has been used to relate to mankind , that conceptualises that its is a natural part of child development and opposing the burden of guilt. These analysts refuse to privilege this theory, they rather confirm the Sopheclean point: “the blind man can see more clearly than the man with perfect vision”. They consider the true guilt of Oedipus as not being able to see what was right in front of him, in regards to the prophecy Jocasta reveals to Oedipus and his failure to link his swollen feet to the tale.

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