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Comparison between "Oedipus Rex" and the film " Into the Wild".

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The Truth Hurts, but Reality Hurts Even More One needs to understand to accept the truth. For if it is denied, there is nothing to do, but suffer, as denial of the truth can lead to devastating consequences: ?How dreadful the knowledge of the truth can be?. This quotation by play writer Sophocles demonstrates that the truth can torment people. As painful as it appears, there is no avoidance. The Sophoclean tragedy is a model, which exhibits one major cause of human tragedy; hubris. People are only able to see the truth when they throw off their blindness of bias and prejudice. Such is the case in Oedipus Rex and ?Into the Wild?, where the protagonists in both are unable to accept the truth and thus leads to their downfall. Similar to a Sophoclean protagonist, Oedipus is oblivious to the truth; the shame that he murdered his father and married his mother. ...read more.


Preoccupied with solving the murder of Laius and maintaining his status, Oedipus remains ?blind? towards his prophecies. He only truly understands the horror of the truth and blinds himself with Jocasta?s broach. He leaves Thebes, becomes an outcast, abandons his kids and sets foot on to a new journey blind and alone. Oedipus? downfall is a result of his denial of the truth, and his refusal to take responsibility for the welfare of his citizens. ?Into the Wild? is a biographic film, based on a true story; about a young man who travels to Alaska, with the assumption that he could live ?in the wild?. The protagonist, Christopher McCandless, is an intelligent, university graduate, who decides to live isolated because he wants to find the truth-the meaning of life. ?... rather than love, than money, than faith, than fame, than fairness... give me truth.?(ITW). As a bright man, he believes that he knows how to survive in the wild and assumes that he could. He foolishly deceives. ...read more.


At that moment, he realizes that he is trapped and has no choice but to live isolated. With no food, his vegetation is completely relied on plants, and decides to eat them. He confuses similar plants and becomes poisoned, and as a result, is on the verge of dying. He instantly understands that he has made a mistake and as a result is dying alone, which becomes his downfall. Prior to his death, he imagines himself returning back to his family and reliving his life. ?Happiness [is] only real when shared? (ITW). Once he accepts the truth, it is too late and dies. One cannot hide from the truth. The best way to deal with it is to accept it and face its consequences. Being in denial has been something that has led to catastrophe and created their downfall. People with addiction problems deny that they have a problem and are hurting others and themselves. The Sophoclean model portrays the lives of both protagonists and presents how their downfall is due to them not facing and accepting the truth. ...read more.

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