• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

In Oedipus Rex, Oedipus(TM) actions demonstrate that the pursuit of truth is noble, regardless of the cost.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

In Oedipus Rex, Oedipus' actions demonstrate that the pursuit of truth is noble, regardless of the cost. Sophocles' Oedipus Rex is a tragic tale of a fated boy who goes on the path from noble king to lowly beggar through a combination of tragic circumstances and personal flaw. Oedipus is a man of high standing socially, intellectually and morally, but is arrogant enough to think that he can solve the riddle of the murderer of Laius by himself. Whilst trying to untie the puzzle, he ends up pulling apart his own life and security. His actions regarding the pursuit of truth show that he is a tragic hero, because he has combination of good intentions for fervent pursuit of a noble ideal, but at huge personal cost. It can be argued that his ultimate downfall is either his own fault for being so arrogant and blind, or that it was a noble pursuit which had an inevitable but tragic outcome. ...read more.

Middle

He is arrogant and tyrannical in his relentless search, and in refusing to heed warnings, he brings it upon himself. Dangerous actions bring terrible consequences, and refusing to live in blindness is a very dangerous thing, though morally it may be admirable and sought after. Even before the search begins, his previous actions have exaggerated the magnitude of the final outcome. He and his parents set up a complicated predicament through their stubbornness to defeat prophecy. In many ways, if they had not fought the prophecy and had kept their child close, the whole situation would not have been quite as atrocious and traumatic. Later, Oedipus' misunderstanding of the prophecy and his lineage, and the actions he takes against these assumptions cause a few problems. Firstly, he banishes himself from his one true home, bringing him closer to his real parents, and secondly, he condemns himself to be banished from Thebes under his own law. ...read more.

Conclusion

Not only does he banish himself, but he removes his eyes and absolves himself from the human world. Living in agony as opposed to dying in peace, he not only accepts the punishment, but takes it further, seeing himself as the ultimate crime upon humanity. This shows the epitome of his moral strength and clarity. It is visible that all of his actions are primarily driven by strong ethical grounding, and that the pursuit itself is a very noble and right-minded. Truth is desired by all, though few uphold and pursue it. Oedipus pursues it vigorously, despite it being the ultimate threat. Oedipus' actions are noble in nature but arrogant in action. They show that the pursuit of truth is dangerous and difficult, often with disastrous outcomes, but necessary and, above all, noble. Without the few people like Oedipus in society, all would be blind to the truth. ?? ?? ?? ?? Oscar Louw ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our International Baccalaureate Misc section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related International Baccalaureate Misc essays

  1. Comparing and Contrasting Envy and Deception in Shakespeares Much Ado About Nothing and Othello

    help but feel that the reason why Don Pedro is being so eloquent is not just because of his high social status but also because he is in effect trying to subtly woo Hero. Therefore when Don John lies to Claudio that Don Pedro has declared his love for Hero

  2. Effect of Light intensity on the Anaerobic Respiration of Pygmy Chain Sword

    For the next seventy two hours, starting at 12 in the afternoon, in twenty four hour time periods, record the amount of dissolved oxygen in the water every sixty minutes and the light intensity every sixty minutes as well by reading off the data logger 7.

  1. ITGS portfolio Loss of employment and privacy issues regarding the rise of online grocery ...

    Sears.com and Gap.com allow customers to zoom way in on products to examine their texture and color up close. Others such as Bed, Bath & Beyond and Buy.com feature product videos that allow shoppers to see, for example, a grill cleaner in action.

  2. Proyecto Personal - Anorexia y Bulimia

    Esto causa en muchos casos que las personas que han seguido una dieta estricta con un entrenador, rechacen y critiquen las dietas de los nutricionistas, por ser diferentes. En mi opini�n, el producto ha cumplido con el objetivo, pero no tanto como lo hubiera deseado, pues no pude incorporar toda la informaci�n que ten�a.

  1. ITGS portfolio Privacy and security issues that arise when using Health Information Technology to ...

    your doctor, and other health care providers (such as hospitals, labs, and X-ray facilities) to store, share and access your health information. Using computers in this way is known as Health Information Technology (HIT) or Health IT. Using Health Information Technology Health information technology may be useful for: * reducing

  2. An Inconvenient Truth

    In many experiments, Gore has understood that during the different weather seasons, the amount of carbon dioxide fluctuates because of the sunlight received. It has also been recorded that many glaciers are melting every year. Also, many mountains are beginning to shrink in size because they are also melting slowly each year.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work